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Ahly suspend striker for Rabaa salute
Cairo giants suspend Ahmed Abdel-Zaher for waving Rabaa sign during African Champions League game on Sunday; Egypt FA to conduct additional investigations
Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Monday 11 Nov 2013
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Ahly's Ahmed Abdul Zaher, appears to make a four-fingered hand signal after scoring a goal, a gesture that is linked with support for ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, during the African Champions League second leg final match between Egyptian Al Ahly club and South Africa's Orlando Pirates, at the Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo.(Photo: AP)

Ahly suspended striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher on Monday for displaying the 'Rabaa' salute after he scored a goal against the Orlando Pirates in Sunday's Champions League final.

"In a meeting held today, the football committee decided to suspend the first team's striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and to freeze all of his financial dues," a statement read on the club's website Monday.

"The committee tasked the club's football department head Hadi Khashaba and the team's football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz to conduct an investigation before presenting their findings to an emergency board meeting on Tuesday," the statement added.

Abdel-Zaher stirred controversy after Sunday's game-clinching goal when he made the 'Rabaa' sign, a hand salute representing the former protest camp in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The striker will also be subject to additional investigations by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

"The football association board decided in a Monday meeting to investigate Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's actions," the EFA announced in an online statement Monday.

Directly following Sunday's match, Egypt sports minister Taher Abou-Zeid played down Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's behaviour, insisting that what matters is that Ahly won the title.

After the event stirred much controversy and debate in the media, Abou-Zeid said early on Monday that Ahly is also investigating the case, insisting that the player will face severe punishment.

On Sunday, an Egyptian Kung Fu fighter was banned from the sport for one year after making the same gesture at a competition in Russia.

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Ali
12-11-2013 08:34am
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Easy please
Just give him a warning not suspend Ahmed AbdelZaher and add additional investigations with a freeze on all of his financial dues. He just did a four fingered hand signal. Take it easy, Ahmed got a goal for Egypt!!
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Hasan
12-11-2013 11:25am
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Easy Please
Come on boy,cool down.You must know the junta can murder thousands of Egyptians but they feel pain if someone "finger" them.This Democratice and Secular State of Egypt understand..?
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Nooman Mufti
12-11-2013 02:09am
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No Freedom...can't even show fingers anymore
This is worse than any previous government...now you can't even show 4 fingers together, while the army and police can get away with the murder of 1000s of people in Rabaa Al Adawiya.
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Nooman
11-01-2014 10:22pm
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Biased decision
If it were Sissi's face on his T-shirt, the authorities mentioned they would probably allow it ? Why, because Sissi is a hero. Wow, if its about an employee being apolitical, I don't see the rationality in that Farida!
Farida
12-11-2013 03:48pm
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Rightly served: an employee at a company like any other
@Nooman Mufti: Given that his profession is a football player, he should be treated like any other employee at a company. I bet you don't discuss your personal political stances at work and don't publicly flash political slogans and signs in your colleagues or boss' faces. He is working (as a football player) at a company (El Ahly club), which has its set of rules that guide the conduct of its employees. It is not about his political stance, it is about following the rules. Dig deeper and think a rationally for a change.
Omar Macintyre
12-11-2013 12:28pm
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Get your Facts right!.
First of all death toll was defiantly not a thousand and just for your information not just Ikhwanis had lost their lives so did normal innocent people who were

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