The activities of a fourth-division football club in Tunisia have been suspended after 30 of its players emigrated illegally to Europe, according to the club’s president. The head of the club attributed the exodus to a lack of financial resources, which prevented the club from buying equipment and subsidizing players.
Most of the players, aged between 17 and 22, are believed to have traveled to Europe by sea or via Serbia, before illegally crossing borders. The suspension will continue until a solution is found with the Tunisian Football Federation.
Clandestine emigration of Tunisian sportsmen has become increasingly common in recent years, as the country’s economic and social situation has deteriorated.
Tunisia in in the middle f an economic and political crisis for many years now. Former actions of the the Tunisian President Kais Saied such as suspension of parliament, dissolving parliament, and comments against immigrants are not helping the situation. Also recently the IMF has had disagreements with the president.