22 Jun 2009

Egypt players' theft may have been party gone sour

8:33 am on 22 June 2009

Egyptian footballers involved in the Confederations Cup who claimed money was stolen from their hotel in South Africa are said to have invited women to their room .

Athough police declined to confirm the story un-named senior officers say there was no sign of forced entry and the players had been partying with women.

One said the robbery claim could have been to avoid having to explain the loss to their spouses and girlfriends in Egypt.

South Africa battles one of the world's worst crime rates with heavily beefed up security in place for the Confederations Cup.

Te theft had heightened concerns about safety during next year's World Cup.

After an international rugby match with the touring British and Irish Lions last week there was an armed robbery at one of the stadiums built for the 2010 World Cup.