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EFA president refuses a replay of Zamalek game against Maqassa despite court verdict

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Jun 2017
Hani Abou Reida
Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hani Abou Reida (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President Hani Abou Reida said on Tuesday that Zamalek's league game against Maqassa will not be replayed despite a tuesday administrative court ruling that ordered a new match.

Last April, Zamalek's president Mortada Mansour refused that to face Maqassa in an Egyptian league game, claiming he had not been officially notified by the Egyptian FA that the game, which was due to take place on the 16th of that month, was postponed one day.

The EFA declared Maqassa as game winner and stripped three points from Zamalek for not showing up. 

Mansour rejected the EFA decisions and lodged a complaint with the administrative court for new match.

"We will not order a replay Zamalek's game against Maqassa," Abou Reida told reporters on Tuesday.

"It is not acceptable that clubs head to court in sports matter," he added.  

Mansour had threatened to withdraw his side from the Egyptian League and the upcoming Arab Championship set to be played in Egypt next month if the EFA refuse to replay the game.

 "Zamalek will withdraw from the Egyptian League and the Arab championship if the EFA refuse to execute the court verdict," he said on Tuesday.

Ahly have already won the league title with three weeks to spare while Zamalek are third with 60 points, seven points behind second placed Maqasaa. 

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