Algeria footballers hurt ahead of Egypt game

ALGIERS Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:55pm EST

ALGIERS Nov 12 (Reuters) - Three players from Algeria's national football team were hurt on Thursday when stones were thrown at their bus as they arrived in Cairo for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Egypt, Algeria's sports minister said.

Some of the injured players had been hospitalised, he said.

"It was a very regrettable incident," Hachemi Djiar Algeria's minister for youth and Sport told Algerian radio by telephone from the Egyptian capital.

Djiar said FIFA officials were aware of the incident and were meeting to decide what action to take. (Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Louise Ireland)