EGYPT have blamed their Confederations Cup exit on "media lies" about their players consorting with prostitutes after beating world champions Italy.
Mission head Mahmoud Taher said on Monday that the team had been stunned by local newspaper reports. He said the team, knocked out on Sunday after losing 3-0 to the US, had in fact been robbed at their hotel.
"The players have been subjected to terrible damage in Egypt and they are in a very bad mood right now due to the false allegations that were published in the newspapers here," Taher said.
"These lies started here in South Africa then they were quoted back home and this had an effect on our players. This was not the only reason for the defeat. We had some injuries, and some players got injuries in the match, but these were some of the reasons for the defeat." - Reuters