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Egypt football legend Hossam Hassan referred to urgent misdemeanor court

Egyptian prosecution referred Wednesday former national football star Hossam Hassan to an urgent misdemeanor court and set a trial date for Saturday following his alleged recent assault of a low-ranking policeman.

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 13 Jul 2016
Egypt's Hossam Hassan (Al-Ahram)
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On Tuesday, Ismailia  prosecution has ordered a four-day detention of Hossam, who is now coach of Premier League club Masry, after he was filmed beating a policeman in public following a Friday league match.

Early on Wednesday, the country's all-time leading scorer Hossam was transferred from costal city Ismailia to Tora Prison in South Cairo to await his Saturday court appearance.

Hossam and his detained assistants Hassan Moustafa and Walid Badr are all facing accusations of assaulting a state employee, stealing and sabotaging his camera.

Assault story

An ugly brawl erupted following Masry's 2-2 draw with relegated Ghazl El-Mahalla, which allowed Smouha to leapfrog the Port Said-based club into third place and earn an automatic bid at next year's African Confederation Cup - the continent's secondary club competition.

Hassan, who has scored 72 goals in 176 international matches for the Egyptian national team, was caught on video running after the policeman, who was holding a camera, before punching him in the face after the latter had fallen to the ground.

The photographer, who was not wearing an official uniform, was later identified as an interior ministry employee.

Hassan, who said he regretted his action, said he was provoked after the policeman had insulted him.

In his legal complaint against the 49-year-old, the policeman said he suffered bruises after the assault.

Hassan has always been a controversial figure during a glorious spell as a striker for Egypt and Cairo clubs Ahly and Zamalek.

He was banned several times for disciplinary reasons and was fired as Masry coach in 2008 after he and his twin brother Ibrahim Hassan, the club's football director, were involved in ugly scenes following a regional clash away to Algeria's JSM Bejaia.

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