Egypt's goalkeeper Essam Elhadary (Photo: Reuters)
The management of Sudanese club Merreikh have rejected an apology by Essam El-Hadary, and insisted they will not withdraw a complaint to FIFA against the Egyptian international.
“The player’s apology or even his arrival in Sudan will not change our mind. We will continue our compliant procedures with FIFA,” Merreikh president Gamal El-Wali told Sudanese newspaper Al-Zaeem on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper has not attended training with the club since October, claiming that he had not received his salary for months, which club officials deny.
The player lodged a complaint with FIFA against Merreikh asking for his contract to be terminated.
The Sudanese giants lodged a complaint against El-Hadary with the local FA claiming he had been absent from training without permission.
Aggravating the problem, the Egyptian FA selected the player for the squad to play Brazil on Monday, in a move condemned by Merreikh officials.
“El-Hadary is a trouble-maker, and as punishment we will not allow him the honour of playing against Brazil,” El-Wali was quoted in Sudan’s Al-Sada newspaper on 31 October.
“How can the EFA ask us for the service of a player who is totally uncommitted to us? We totally disapprove.”
EFA chairman Samir Zaher on Sunday said the association had reached a friendly solution with its Sudanese counterpart regarding El-Hadary but this was condemned by Merreikh.
“We reject the agreement between Zaher and the Sudanese FA president Ga’afar Al-Mo’tasem as both the player and Egyptian officials didn’t respect us,” El-Wali explained.
“We will keep fighting until we get our rights. Merreikh is more important than any player.
“FIFA is the only body that can resolve our dispute with El-Hadary.”
El-Hadary played an instrumental role in helping Egypt win three successive African titles but has endured constant problems since leaving Egyptian champions Ahly in an acrimonious manner in 2008, before also having disputes with Egyptian clubs Ismaily and Zamalek.