Zamalek's Tunisian midfielder Ferjani Sassi was hit with a six-match ban and fined EGP 100,000 for confronting the referee of his side's 1-0 victory over Masry in the Egyptian Premier League last week, the country's football association said on Tuesday.
Sassi plucked out the referee's earpiece after receiving his marching orders shortly before halftime during Thursday's game, having received two yellow cards in quick succession for remonstrating with the official.
The 28-year-old, who missed Zamalek's 2-1 win over Smouha in the Egypt Cup round 16, will miss the team's remaining three games in the domestic league and further two in the cup, providing that the Cairo giants progress.
His absence will come as a blow to Zamalek's new coach Jaime Pacheco as the team chase a second-place finish to earn a spot in next season's African Champions League. They are just one point ahead of third-placed Pyramids FC in a tight race for a runners-up place.
Sassi is currently with Tunisia's national team as they prepare for two friendly games against Sudan and Nigeria.
The Egyptian Football Association's disciplinary committee has also suspended Zamalek winger Emam Ashour for one game and handed him an EGP 50,000 fine after clashing with the Masry players after the game.
The committee also fined Masry EGP 50,000 for their players' behavior after the match.
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