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Australian captain Neill accuses Egypt officials of dirty tactics

Australian national team captain Lucas Neill has accused Egyptian officials of using dirty tactics to unsettle the team ahead of tomorrow morning's friendly in Cairo.

A supposed 10-minute bus trip to a training ground turned into almost an hour-long escapade and Neill was full of criticism after the Australians were treated poorly.

"It is one of the old tricks in the book, that you try and unsettle a team and give them the less than smooth preparation for a game and take any advantage you can going into a game," Neill told AAP.

"Obviously you are going to play in front of their home crowd, any small percentage of advantage they might gain on the way to that, they will take.

"They are obviously here to win and need to win in front of their crowd and they are always under pressure to perform in front of their crowd.

"You do what you can I guess, you play the game and bend the rules in all the ways in your favour.

"A 10 minute bus ride turned into a 45-50 minute bus ride, so that kind of information - it is not an accidental mistake."

The Galatasaray defender said perhaps the Australians should start undertaking such tricks when they host teams down under.

"We need to learn from things like that, we are far too honest as a nation and we need to start playing the rest of the world at their own game every now and again," he added.

"We are way too honest and way too nice.

"You want to make it a little bit more difficult. Keep them in the airport a little bit longer than normal, the occasional bag go missing and training ground less than adequate.

"We seem to do it the other way around and make sure people go away thinking 'Wow what a fantastic country'."

Andrew Slevison
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