Africa Cup of Nations: Amr Warda sent home by Egypt for disciplinary reasons

Amr Warda
Social media conversations between Amr Warda and "many women" have been leaked

Midfielder Amr Warda has been sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations for disciplinary reasons by hosts Egypt.

The decision to remove Warda, who plays for Greek club PAOK, was announced on the day Egypt play DR Congo.

The Egypt Football Association said he was withdrawn "to maintain discipline, commitment and concentration".

"Social media conversations between Warda and many women were released after Egypt's game against Zimbabwe," said BBC Arabic reporter Mohamed Qoutb.

The 25-year-old was used as a substitute in Friday's 1-0 win for Egypt, who are the favourites to win the tournament.

They face Congo in their second group game in Cairo.

A statement by the EFA on Twitter read: "The head of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Reda, has decided to dismiss Amr Warda from the team's camp after consulting with the team's technical and administrative staff."

Analysis

BBC Arabic's Sarah Mohsen

It's big news for the host nation just a few hours before a very critical match against DR Congo.

Ihab Leheta, the Egyptian national team's director, said he received videos this morning related to Amr Warda and sent them to Egypt's coach Aguirre. The decision was made in a few minutes, although Warda says he's not the person pictured in the videos.

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