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Zamalek in a new row with striker Bassem Morsi

The Cairo giants threatened the Pharaohs striker with a new fine if he breached the club's regulations

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 19 Dec 2015
Basem Morsi Egypt
Egypt's Zamalek Basem Morsi reacts after the end of their Confederation Cup semi-final soccer match against Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, Egypt, October 3, 2015 (Reuters)

Zamalek's international striker Bassem Morsi could be handed a heavy fine if it turns out that he participated in a recent TV interview in spite of the club's ongoing media ban.

"According to the club's decision to boycott local media, Morsi could be fined LE 300,000 if there is any new TV interview with him," Zamalek's football director Ismail Youssef was quoted as saying by the club's official website on Friday night.

"The technical staff is doing its best to impose commitment and concentration in the team especially as the coming period is very important," he added.

Egyptian media have largely refrained from using Zamalek president Mortada Mansour’s name since he vehemently attacked CBC TV anchor Lamis El-Hadidi in October regarding parliamentary election coverage related to his son Ahmed Mansour, who won a seat representing the Free Egyptians Party.

Earlier in December, Zamalek said it would boycott local media in support of controversial chairman Mansour after his recent snub by most Egyptian newspapers, television channels and websites.

Zamalek already decided last month to boycott television channels, but have now extended the blackout to all media.

Aggravating the matter, Mansour recently insisted that any coach or player who speaks to Egyptian media would be sacked immediately.

This could begin a new row between the international striker, Morsi, and the club management after he was earlier fined LE 350,000 by the board after posting a photo on his personal Instagram account for a second time.

The board has also banned players from using their social media accounts, a directive that was allegedly breached by Egypt’s striker twice.

Morsi missed the Whites’ 2-0 league win over Haras El-Hodoud on Thursday due to injury.

The 24-year-old striker was instrumental in Zamalek's triumphant campaign last season that saw the club win the double (Egyptian League and Cup) for the first time since 1988.

Morsi, who scored 19 goals for his side last season, has not scored any goals since his double against Ahly in the final of the Egypt Cup in September. 

The Cairo giants are currently in fourth place on the Egyptian league table with 13 points, five adrift of leaders Maqassa who have played three more games.

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