Nick Matthew and England pull out of Cairo squash event over security fears

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Sheffield's Nick Matthew and his Squash England team mates have pulled out of a world team event which was due to take place in Egypt, because of security fears.

The World Men's Squash Team Championships is due to begin in Cairo on December 12, but England have been joined by the USA, Germany, France, Finland and Canada in withdrawing with Egypt regarded by the Foreign Office as having a 'high threat of terrorism'.

Matthew and team mates, James Willstrop, Chris Simpson and Daryl Selby all agreed that pulling out is the right course of action and the former World Champion tweeted: "Disappointed by the decision to withdraw from the World Teams in Cairo but under the circumstances we feel as a team we had no other choice."

England Squash chief, Keir Worth said: "The safety of our players and staff remains our only priority and, at this time, we have real concerns.

"Following the release of security plans for the event and subsequently a comprehensive report from independent security advisers, we have concluded that there is an inherent risk that has not been mitigated to an acceptable level.

"We have been through a significant consultation with the players and support staff over recent weeks and we are extremely disappointed to be withdrawing."