Ahly, Zamalek call for urgent meetings after Super Cup sanctions, Mansour to boycott Egyptian League

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 23 Feb 2020

Mansour said that his club will no longer compete in the Egyptian Premier League as long as the current interim board exists

Ahly SC's players scuffle with Zamalek SC's players after the Egyptian Super Cup final football match between Ahly SC and Zamalek SC at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 20, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The managements of Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek have announced they would hold urgent meetings separately on Sunday to react to recent sanctions of the Super Cup match, amid a threat from the Whites to stop competing in the domestic league.

Late on Saturday, the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) disciplinary committee announced heavy sanctions on Ahly and Zamalek after misconduct during the Super Cup game between the two sides in the UAE on Thursday.

"Club president Mahmoud El-Khateb asked for an urgent meeting for the board to react to the Super Cup match sanctions and ensure the rights of both the club and the players," read a short statement on Ahly's official website on Sunday morning.

Zamalek defeated arch rivals Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup with a 4-3 shootout victory following a 0-0 draw in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

After the game, Zamalek players celebrated the win in front of the Ahly fan seats, showing little to no respect for rival supporters. The Whites’ skipper Mahmoud Shikabala was pictured behaving badly. Ahly fans chanted against him after the game in response to his behaviour.

Ahly’s players approached the Zamalek players to stop them from harassing the club’s fans, which caused unrest in the field after the game.

According to the sanctions announced by the EFA, Ahly players Mahmoud Kahraba, Zamalek’s Emam Ashour and official Ahmed Zaher have all been suspended until the end of the ongoing season with a fine of EGP 100,000 each.

Zamalek winger Shikabala has also been suspended for eight games with a fine of EGP 100,000. Zamalek player Abdalla Gomaa has been suspended for three games with a fine of EGP 50,000.

Ahly players Yasser Ibrahim and Junior Ajayi have been suspended for two games with a fine of EGP 50,000 each, alongside fining Ahly and Zamalek clubs EGP 100,000.

Zamalek to withdraw from Egyptian league

Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has been also included in the punishment list, being suspended from participating in any football activities for three games alongside a fine of EGP 200,000.

Mansour, who didn't attend the match, reacted angrily to the EFA sanctions, insisting that his club will no longer compete in the Egyptian Premier League as long as the current interim board exists.

"Zamalek's board will hold an urgent meeting and our decision will be not to complete the league competition under the supervision of this interim board," Mansour told Zamalek's TV Channel early on Sunday.

Mansour's announcement comes just hours ahead of Monday's anticipated league derby as Ahly is supposed to face Zamalek in a postponed game from the domestic competition.

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