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Ahly to boycott EFA competitions in protest over El-Sheikh ban

Ahly quick to respond to the EFA's decision to hand newly-signed midfielder Ahmed El-Sheikh a four-month suspension

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Aug 2015
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Ahly president Mahmoud Taher (Photo: Ahram)
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Ahly have announced they will boycott all domestic competitions in protest at the Egyptian FA's decision to suspend newly-signed midfielder Ahmed El-Sheikh after he signed for more than one club in the summer transfer window.

The EFA hit El-Sheikh with a four-month ban and a 330,000 LE fine after he was found found guilty of signing for Ahly and arch-rivals Zamalek – a decision that did not seem to go well down with the Reds' board.

Ahly said in a statement that they will 'boycott all competitions organized by the FA on both youth and first-team levels', while stressing the club will do whatever it takes to preserve their rights.

The eight-time African champions also went as far as explicitly accusing the Egyptian football governing body of being biased towards a certain party, and held them responsible for 'tensions in the football landscape'.

It remains to be seen how the issue will be sorted out in the forthcoming period, with Ahly unlikely to withdraw from a league that qualifies for the CAF Champions League.

Ahly are currently taking part in the Egypt Cup, reaching the competition's semis following a 5-0 thrashing of Ittihad El-Shorta on Sunday. 

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