Ahly's Abou-Treika fined for podium no-show

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Ahly's inspirational playmaker missed the medal ceremony after the team's win in the African Champions League

Egyptian Al Ahly club player Mohamed Abou-Treika is embraced by a fan after winning South Africa's Orlando Pirates, at the Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Egypt's Al Ahly retained its African Champions League title by beating South Africa's Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Sunday, with the match being played amid heavy security and preceded by clashes between fans and police outside the stadium in Cairo. (Photo: AP)

Ahly have slapped Mohamed Abou-Treika with a LE50,000 fine for missing the medal ceremony following the team's African Champions League triumph on Sunday. 

"The technical staff decided to sanction the player for not receiving his medal in the ceremony that followed the game," read a statement on the club's website on Tuesday.

Ahly beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Sunday to claim their eighth title in Africa's most prestigious competition. 

Talisman Abou-Treika was seen cheering with the crowd while his teammates stood in line to receive their medals from CAF secretary general Hicham El-Amrani, Egypt's sports minister Taher Abou-Zeid, Ahly's president Hassan Hamdi and Egyptian FA president Gamal Allam. 

The incident stirred controversy in the media, with some commentators claiming that the mild-mannered midfielder boycotted the ceremony on purpose as a sign of discontent towards Egyptian football officials. 

Abou-Treika later appeared wearing a shirt bearing the number 72, apparently referring to the number of Ahly fans who died in the Port Said disaster on February 2012 in clashes that followed a league game between his team and local side Masry. 

He joined his teammates and the crowd celebrating the trophy. 

The 35-year-old was warmly cheered by fans in his last domestic game with the Red Devils. 

The iconic Egypt and Ahly playmaker had previously announced that he would retire after the Club World Cup, set to be held in Morocco next month.

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