Zamalek's Ultras White Knights posts chairman Mansour assault video

Ahram Online, Monday 13 Oct 2014

Mortada Mansour
Zamalek's chairman Mortada Mansour(Photo: Reuters)

The Ultras White Knights, Zamaleks' hardcore supporters, released a video apparently showing Sunday's assault on the Cairo club chairman Mortada Mansour, as the group reiterated that assailants threw at him human waste and not nitric acid as he claims.

Mansour said two from the Ultras White Knights fan group sought to kill him in an acid attack in front of the club headquarters. The group, however, said in an offensive Facebook statement "the regime's dog was attacked with bags containing urine and feces."

In the video, which the group announced hours before posting it, Mansour appears walking on the sidewalk next to Zamalek Club. A young man wearing a hoodie slowly approaches him from behind and slaps him on the back of his neck, which is traditionally known to be a particularly insulting way to hit someone.

No sooner had the first assailant hit him and ran off than another materialised to splash him with some sort of liquid.

Mansour was attacked before a news conference held to unveil new coach Jaime Pacheco. He was not hurt and spoke at the conference as planned while the assailants were immediately arrested by police.

The former presidential hopeful has been involved in several bust-ups with the team's fans since being re-elected as Zamalek chairman in March for a third stint in charge of one of Egypt and Africa's most successful outfits.

The Ultras White Knights initially blamed him for not doing enough to coax authorities into lifting an ongoing crowd ban in domestic competitions before the feud dramatically escalated, with Mansour branding them a "terrorist group" bent on stirring up chaos in the country.

Ten Ultras White Knights members were arrested on charges of trying to assassinate Mansour in August, further igniting the enmity between them.

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