CAIRO: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Samir Zaher said the local Super Cup between Ahly and Harras Hodoud, which is scheduled for July 21, would not be televised as the row over broadcasting rights intensified.
TV viewers will not be able to watch the season curtain-raiser after a seven-member committee failed to reach an agreement with the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) over airing domestic games for next season.
The committee, which includes several clubs like Cairo duo Ahly and Zamalek in addition to the EFA, did not accept the ERTU s offer to broadcast league and cup matches for LE90 million.
We stand firm on our decision. The match will not be aired, Zaher told FilGoal.com on Wednesday.
The committee said repeatedly they wanted to sell the rights to British company IMG, who were reportedly willing to pay more than LE140 million to the EFA.
But the ERTU, who traditionally own those rights, refused to give the EFA the green light to do so.
Egyptian regulations are unclear over who owns the broadcasting rights for domestic matches.