Ahly suspend Abdel-Zaher for Rabaa sign, put him up for sale

Ahram Online, Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Ahmed Abdel-Zaher suspended and put on transfer list for making four-fingered hand signal in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi during African final

Ahly's Ahmed Abdul Zaher, appears to make a four-fingered hand signal after scoring a goal, a gesture that is linked with support for ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, during the African Champions League second leg final match between Egyptian Al Ahly club and South Africa's Orlando Pirates, at the Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo.(Photo: AP)

Ahly have suspend striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and will put him up for sale in the January transfer window after he made the pro-Morsi Rabaa sign after scoring in the African Champions League final on Sunday.

The Cairo giants, who are known for their strict disciplinary code, came down hard on Abdel-Zaher although he issued a formal apology earlier in the day.

"In light of the club's principles, its firm rejection of mixing politics with sports, its adherence to the regulations of FIFA … and the player's confession that he had made a mistake and that he would accept any punishment, the club has decided the following:" Ahly said in a statement.

"Suspending the player and banning him from next month's Club World Cup, depriving him of the Champions League triumph rewards and putting him up for sale in the January transfer window."

The Red Devils hitman stirred controversy when he made the four-finger Rabaa sign – a hand salute representing the former protest camp in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi – after scoring a goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Orlando Pirates.

In his apology, Abdel-Zaher said he only intended to show solidarity with one of his friends who died when security forces crushed the Rabaa camp on 14 August.

The 28-year-old joined Ahly from ENPPI last January and has become a key player in the team's squad lately.


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