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Egypt's sports minister downplays Abdel-Zaher's Rabaa salute
Taher Abou-Zeid says Ahly's African Champions League triumph 'is more important' than Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's goal celebration after he made the four-finger 'Rabaa' salute
Ahram Online, 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)

Egypt's Sports Minister Taher Abou-Zeid played down the importance of Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's goal celebration after the Ahly striker made the four-finger 'Rabaa' salute during his team's African Champions League final against Orlando Pirates.

Abdel-Zaher wrapped up Ahly's win after doubling their lead with 12 minutes remaining as the Red Devils beat South Africa's Orlando Pirates 2-0 to win the African Champions League with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

However, he stirred controversy when he made the Rabaa sign, saying he sought to honour the victims of the police's dispersal of an Islamists sit-in in August that left hundreds dead and thousands injured.

"Ahly's Champions League triumph is bigger than Abdel-Zaher's sign. This does not matter, what matters is that Ahly won the title," Abou-Zied said in a television interview.

"Ahly is a patriotic club that was always at the heart of any revolution."

An Egypt Kung fu player was banned for one year earlier on Sunday after making the same gesture at a competition in Russia.

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kagolo Richard
12-11-2013 09:03am
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Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's goal celebration
whatever the illegitimate government in egypt does to its people who show solidarity to ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi will not be taken lightly by the international community.Ahmed Abdel-Zaher's goal celebration was done on the pitch and since the referee of the day did not look at it as an offence for probably awarding him a yellow card then the illegitimate gov't in cairo should not interfere with football. fifa should intervene just in case the govt in egypt goes ahead with punishing Ahmed Abdel-Zaher. we are tired of military governments because they have never respected human rights and democratic governance
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Aziz
11-11-2013 06:33pm
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When?
When will people realize that there is a huge difference between 'supporting Morsi' and paying tribute to people who were killed, regardless of any parasitism?
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Khalid
11-11-2013 04:56pm
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I slaute the Salute
It is a shame that as simple as a signal of four stretched fingers would frighten as powerful an institution as Egyptian military. It is a shame that the military leaders of this land of Pharaohs are still in the grip of the age-old fear of infants as it was in the time of Moses. It proves that a dictator is always afraid of its own shadow. It also shows the hypocrisy of the Egyptian junta that they ban a player for the same gesture while let the other keep playing.
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Sobia
11-11-2013 03:07pm
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Rabaa
Rabaa is not a political slogan or symbol. It is a sign of salute, tributes to blood of those innocent souls that spilled by the tyrant regime at Rabaa.Yes, when anyone raises this sign the regime and its supporter feel and recall their crime against humanity that was committed at Rabaa. Now “Rabaa” does not belong to a political party it has become symbol of steadfastness, courage , sacrifice and standing against the tyrant and oppressive regime. “Rabaa “ is now dwell in heart and mind of millions of Egyptians around the globe.
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medo
11-11-2013 02:59pm
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One rule for all...
If one sports man gets a one year ban for the Rabaa sign, then this man should get the same. How can you ban one and not the other for the same issue??
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12-11-2013 10:02am
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Medo wants clarity from the coup junta
You act like the coup government is being run by reasonable people.
Hafed
11-11-2013 05:52pm
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who has the authority!
why he should be banned. The oppressors should be executed in front of all the egyptians for their crimes against the humanity.
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supri
11-11-2013 07:35am
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Rabaa killing wont be forgotten
this salute shows that the regime can not claim they are killing their opposition only, but they are killing the Eqypt people also. This Rabaa salute is very popular also in others country.
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Abbas Egyptian
11-11-2013 05:55pm
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4 fingers
I am going to cut my index ! I will walk with only 4 fingers , am I against the laws ? or they (sisi and company) of this sign? long life to all egyptians
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Ostasia
11-11-2013 01:33am
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Congrats Ahly
And the Coach just said he made the 4 sign because its his fourth goal in the tournament. It had nothing to do with politics. People are a bit too quick jumping to conclusions. However I do believe politics and religion must stay out of sports. Sport is Sport and the rest keep it for your personal and private uses only. So the Kung Fu guy deserved the penalty. I believe once Abu Treika got a penalty or fine for lifting his shirt with a political message about Gaza if I remember that right. Sports has no place for that stuff.
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Hadi
12-11-2013 12:56am
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The brutal ugliness of the Egyptian Nazis
Look how pathetic the secularists are. They want to assassinate a player because he made an innocuous sign supporting legitimacy. We hate the Egyptian Nazis.
Omar
11-11-2013 07:13pm
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Buy the Kung Fu Guy would have not been banned if he had a picture of General Abdul Fatah El Sisi
Ervin
11-11-2013 07:12pm
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@ sean
You disguised MB in a FAKE Western name. Where in the world did Ostasia say "death penalty"? Please, can you find that? It's obviously a clear sign that you want to put much smoke in front of your eyes, but you will not succeed into it. Ostasia said, "the penalty", not "death penalty". You only added that.
sean
11-11-2013 02:05pm
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death penalty?
wow how extreme the secular facists are today. a man makes a raba sign and this guy claiks he deserves to be killed?

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