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Zamalek president asks FA to stop 'ghosts' interfering in league games

Zamalek president said that ENPPI were using ghosts and magic in a recent game against Arab Contractors and that officials should find ways to fight the problem in the same way that doping is

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 6 May 2015
Mortada Mansour
Zamalek's chairman Mortada Mansour (Photo: Reuters)
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Zamalek president Mortada Mansour renewed accusations against ENNPI of using magic and ghosts to win league matches, asking the Egyptian Football Association to fight the interference of ghosts in the competition.

ENNPI claimed a 4-0 victory over rivals Arab Contractors on Tuesday to snatch the league summit from Zamalek on goal differences, a victory Mansour believed came with the help of a hidden power.

"It was a match between ghosts," Mansour told TEN TV channel after the match.

"ENNPI team must know that this is not football. As we have procedures to fight doping in football, the Football Association must find a way to face the ghosts."

"With my full respect to ENPPI and their players, it was the first time that I saw a player fall without any collision to allow his team to receive a goal. Another player from Arab Contractors was about to score but surprisingly the ball went outside the goal."

The outspoken lawyer, Mansour, has been a controversial figure in Egyptian society since the 1990s, with a resume full of controversial lawsuits as well as public statements.

Earlier this season, Mansour accused ENNPI's coach Tarek El-Ashri of using magic before renewing his claims after Tuesday's game.

"ENNPI won the match only after scoring from four strange attacks, while Arab Contractors had a lot of missed chances," explained Mortada.

"Magic exists according to the Holy Quran, but this mustn't be in football. The football association president and both the refereeing and competitions committees' officials must all watch the match. It was not a normal one," he concluded.

In March of last year, Mortada was elected head of the Zamalek sports club for the third time. Since then, he has been involved in several controversies with the Ultras White Knights, Zamalek's hardcore supporters.

Last summer he declared his intention to run in the country's presidential election, only to back out and put his support behind ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who won in a landslide.

Zamalek look well equipped to end an 11-year Egyptian Premier League drought this season as they are 11 points clear of defending champions and arch-rivals Ahly.

At the continental level, the Whites are also shining after their recent achievement of reaching the last-16 stage of the African Confederation Cup.

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