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Egypt's Zamalek to ban striker Bassem Morsi

Zamalek’s chairman Mortada Mansour recently said that any staff member or player that speaks to the media would be sacked immediately

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Dec 2015
Snapshot from Al-Nahar TV channel of Zamalek's striker Bassem Morsi (Photo: Al-Nahar TV)

Zamalek’s technical staff announced the suspension of top marksman Bassem Morsi for “his repeated mistakes.”

"Ismael Youssef [football director] has decided to suspend forward Bassem Morsi and will take the matter forward to the board," the Cairo-based club’s official website stated on Sunday.

The club revealed that Morsi "repeats his mistakes and doesn’t obey the coach’s instructions.”

"His last mistake was appearing on TV in spite of the ban and the fine," the club added.

Last month, Zamalek announced a boycott of local media in support of controversial chairman Mortada Mansour after his recent snub by most Egyptian newspapers, television channels and websites.

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 LE350,000 by the board after posting a photo on his personal Instagram account for a second time.

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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