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Egypt’s Zidan dedicates goal to Port Said victims

A native of Port Said, Mohamed Zidan dedicated his first ever goal with new German club Mainz to the fallen spectators of Port Said's violence

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 5 Feb 2012
Mohamed Zidan
Mainz 05's Mohamed Zidan celebrates a goal against Schalke 04 during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian international and Mainz attacker Mohamed Zidan revealed Sunday that he wished to dedicate his first goal with his new German club to Egypt’s fallen souls.

“I was shocked when I heard of the scores of dead in Port Said stadium, but I was very pleased to score a goal in my first appearance with Mainz; I believe it to be a good dedication to the victims,” Zidan was quoted as saying in German newspaper Fox on Sunday.

More than 70 fans were killed and hundreds more injured after thousands of Masry fans invaded the pitch, following the team’s 3-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ahly last week.

“After scoring the goal I raised my hands to the heavens as those victims are still on my mind,” he added.

“I thank God that I did not lose one of my relatives in the Port Said massacre; I have since advised them not to leave the house until security returns to Egypt again” the Port Said born star stated.

The Borussia Dortmund forward, who joined Mainz on a six-month loan contract until June 2012 – with an option for a permanent move until June 2014 – edged forward to slot one home on his first appearance with the Bundesliga club in Saturday's 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Schalke.  

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