Mortada Mansour's dismissal from presidency of Zamalek SC upheld

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

The State Council’s Supreme Administrative Court rejected on Sunday the appeal submitted by the government against an earlier ruling by the Administrative Judiciary Court dismissing Mortada Mansour from the presidency of the Zamalek SC.

 Mortada Mansour
Mortada Mansour


The State Commissioners Authority at the State Council earlier recommended accepting the appeals filed by the State Cases Authority on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Youth and Sports Directorate in Giza, against the verdict that removed Mansour from his position as president of the Zamalek Club.

In mid-April, the State Council’s Administrative Judiciary Court issued a ruling obliging the Ministry of Youth and Sports to dismiss Mansour from Zamalek’s presidency after having been previously convicted on charges of defamation.

At the time, the court declared the post vacant and ordered the board to call for early elections to fill it.

Mansour, 70, who is a lawyer and former member of parliament, is no stranger to controversy owing to his remarks.

In May, Egypt's Economic Misdemeanor Court delivered a 3-months prison sentence against Mansour for slander, defamation, spreading false news, and misusing social media to harass Mahmoud El-Khattib, the president of Zamalek’s arch-rival Ahly.

The sentence, which can be appealed, is the latest legal battle between the two heads.

In February, Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld a one-month prison sentence and a one-year suspended prison sentence against Mansour for defaming El-Khattib.

In 2018, Mansour was banned by Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation from appearing for three months in all media outlets for offensive remarks against famous football officials and figures in the country.

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