Egyptian players involved in the Confederations Cup who claimed money was stolen from their hotel had invited women to their room who apparently made off with their money, the police told local media on Sunday.
The South African police declined to confirm the story, but a senior official told the Sunday Independent newspaper that there was no sign of forced entry and that the players had been partying with women invited to their rooms.
"They could have come up with the robbery claims to avoid being caught out or embarrassed by their spouses and girlfriends back home in Egypt," an unnamed police official told the paper.
Smiles for Spain, relief for South Africa
Bloemfontein: Hosts South Africa claimed a place in the semi-finals of the Confederation Cup despite going down 0-2 to Spain Saturday at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in their final Group A game.
The European champions got second-half goals from David Villa and substitute Fernando Llorente to finish atop the group with seven points from three matches, three clear of South Africa. Iraq finish third on two points after playing out a scoreless draw with New Zealand in the other group game.