Zamalek threaten to boycott Egyptian Premier League

Zamalek threaten to boycott Egyptian Premier League
Mahmoud Kahraba

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Feb 24, 2020. 09:00

Zamalek have threatened to boycott the Egyptian Premier League following harsh punishments handed to their players and officials in the wake of the Egyptian Super Cup clash with Al Ahly last Thursday.

The match ended in a 0-0 draw in Abu Dhabi before Zamalek won the penalty shootout. The White Knights are alleged to have flagrantly taunted Al Ahly fans, prompting an angry response from the Red Devils which resulted in ugly scenes both on and off the field.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced over the weekend some tough penalties for the parties involved.

“Ahly players Mahmoud Kahraba, Zamalek starlet Emam Ashour and official Ahmed Zaher have all been suspended until the end of the ongoing season with a fine of EGP 100,000 for each,” the EFA said in a statement late Saturday, as quoted by Ahram Online.

“Zamalek winger Mahmoud Shikabala has been suspended for eight games with a fine of EGP 100,000. Zamalek player Abdalla Gomaa has been suspended for three games with a fine of EGP 50,000,” the statement continued.

“Ahly players Yasser Ibrahim and Junior Ajayi have been suspended for two games with a fine of EGP 50,000 each, alongside fining Ahly and Zamalek clubs EGP 100,000.

“Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has been suspended from participating in any football activities for three games alongside a fine of EGP 200,000.”

In response, Mansour has threatened to pull his team out of any further domestic action: “Zamalek’s board will hold an urgent meeting and our decision will be not to complete the league competition under the supervision of this interim board,” he told Zamalek’s TV Channel early on Sunday, as quoted by Ahram Online.

This controversy throws into doubt whether Monday’s scheduled league derby between the teams will go ahead in Cairo.

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