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Posted: Thursday November 12, 2009 1:57PM; Updated: Thursday November 12, 2009 1:57PM

4 Algerian players injured on arrival in Egypt

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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's government says four players on the national football team were injured Thursday when their bus was attacked by Egyptian fans upon arrival in Cairo for a hotly contested World Cup qualifier.

The two teams last met 20 years ago in a match that led to riots.

In Thursday's attack, one player was hospitalized and three others injured, Algeria's communication minister, Azzedine Mihoubi, said on state radio.

He said the players were riding in their bus from Cairo International Airport to their hotel when they were attacked. He did not give their names or other details.

An Egyptian police official denied that Algerian team members were hurt.

The official said security troops overpowered local fans who tried to throw stones at the arriving members of the Algerian squad. Emotional Egyptian fans waited for the Algerians outside the airport but police managed to prevent them from hurling stones, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The highly charged qualifier on Saturday is the final round in the African zone.

A similar face-off in 1989 ended in rioting after Egypt beat Algeria 1-0. Neither team has qualified for the World Cup since.

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