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Omar Gaber has to choose between club and Ultras White Knights: Zamalek president

Gabr refused to play a match earlier this year after a 20 Zamalek fans were killed in a stampede prior to a game in February

Mohamad Mosselhi , Monday 5 Oct 2015
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Zamalek's Omar Gaber (Photo: Reuters)
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Zamalek's president Mortada Mansour asked the club's midfielder Omar Gaber to put the club first before his fate is decided with the club.

"Gaber has to choose between Zamalek and Ultras White Knights," Zamalek's president Mortada Mansour told reporters on Monday.

Gaber, who came through the youth ranks of Zamalek, is a long-time supporter of the ultras, who have been dubbed as terrorists by the club’s chairman. He has lauded the ardent fan group several times and he went to greet them during the team's training session on Friday in contradiction with Mansour's instructions.

Following Zamalek's exit from the Confederation Cup semis after their insufficient 3-0 win over Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel, Mansour declared that Omar Gaber, Bassem Morsi and Ali Gaber would be suspended.

The first two players were suspended for their sympathy with the ardent fan group while the third for his early red card during the game.

Gaber's current problem with the club president is not the first as they clashed in February when the 23-year-old refused to play in Zamalek's game against ENPPI where 20 of Zamalek's fans were killed while trying to enter the stadium.

The player was suspended and referred to investigation but the issue was resolved after a meeting with the club's president and the football director.

Gaber was instrumental in Zamalek's triumphant campaign this season that saw the club win both the domestic league and Egypt Cup for the first time since 1988. 

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