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Zamalek president vows to attend matches despite ban, seeks general assembly’s support

Zamalek president vents anger on CAF, Olympic committee, challenges to attend all matches

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 1 Oct 2018
Mortada Mansour
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour during Monday's press conference (Photo: Mansour's official facebook page)

Zamalek president Mortada Mansour said on Monday he will attend all club matches despite his recent year-long suspension and $40,000 fine by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), stressing that he will step down from his post only through a decision by the club’s general assembly.

 “I will attend our all matches. There is no one in Egypt or in the Arab world who can ban me from attending,” Mansour said in a press conference at the club’s headquarters on Monday.

Mansour verbally abused CAF president Ahmad Ahmad and Secretary General Amr Fhamy last week for not imposing punishments for Ahly fans. The comments had come after Ahly fans verbally attacked the head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority Turki Al-Sheikh in a Champions League match a week ago.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Olympic Committee also decided to suspend the outspoken lawyer Mansour for his discriminatory actions.

The committee also decided to move all sports events away from Zamalek's home grounds.

“All the matches in different sports won’t be moved outside the club grounds. I want to see any ‘strong man’ who thinks they can do this,” Mansour said.

“Zamalek is a big club with deeply-rooted history since 1911. 90% of the Arab world stands behind the club. We're a successful club and currently lead the Egyptian league table. Zamalek is above all. How can I hear insults against the club and not respond? Shame on me if I remained in my post if I stayed silent," he continued.

“I will leave my post only if the general assembly decides so. We will hold an urgent general assembly on 18 and 19 October. We will discuss the situation with the general assembly members as they are the only ones authorised to make decisions regarding our club. Zamalek and the board are victims of a conspiracy."

Mansour unleashed his anger on the club’s former star and current football association board member Hazem Emam for approving the sanctions of the Olympic committee.

“Hazem’s membership is cancelled after agreeing to stand against his former club,” Mansour said.

“I will lodge a complaint to the prosecutor general against Emam, Hisham Nasr, Khaled Nassef Selim and Yasser Edris for supporting the Olympic committee,” he added.

CAF president Ahmed Ahmed assured on Sunday that the suspension of Zamalek chairman Mansour was reached in accordance with the regulations of the confederation and was not based on personal desires.

“Arab countries and Saudi clubs issued statements in solidarity with me. I want to thank Turki Al-Sheikh for his support,” the Zamalek chairman stated.

“Shame on all Egyptian club presidents who didn’t show solidarity with me despite the fact that I helped all of them in different situations before," said Mansour.

“All outcomes are possible in the upcoming general assembly. I will win my fight with CAF and the Olympic committee as I have the facts on my side. I am waiting for the sports minister's reaction against this nonsense,” Mansour concluded.

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