Egypt's Kouka refuses to celebrate goal out of respect for Zamalek victims

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 10 Feb 2015

Rio Ave striker Kouka did not celebrate his goal in the Portuguese football league out of respect for 19 Zamalek fans killed on Sunday

Koka refuses to celebrate after scoring the opener for Rio Ave on Monday's draw in Portugal (Photo: the player's official twitter account)

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan 'Kouka' refused to celebrate his goal in Portugal out of respect for Zamalek victims who died at Egypt's Air Defence stadium football disaster on Sunday.

According to the health ministry, 19 people died after violent clashes occurred between the police and Zamalek supporters before a league match with ENPPI.

It only took Kouka, who is one of five Egyptians playing in the Portuguese league, ten minutes to score the opener for Rio Ave from a penalty in Monday's 1-1 draw against Boavista, but the player refused the celebrate his tenth league goal of the season.

"I couldn't celebrate the goal as my brothers died for no reason," the 21-year-old player posted on his Twitter account after the match.

Egyptian police claim the victims died due to a stampede, while the Zamalek Ultras White Knights said a criminal plot was pre-planned, blaming new security procedures that included a 'metal cage' at the stadium gates.

Investigations are still ongoing.

The Zamalek-ENPPI match was open to the public, unlike most other games between Egyptian clubs since stadium disaster in Port Said in 2012 left 72 people dead in the country's worst-ever sports disaster.

Rio Ave currently lie eighth in the Portuguese league table with 28 points, 22 behind leaders Benfica.

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