Zamalek apologises to club Africain after violence erupts in football match

Hatem Maher , Saturday 2 Apr 2011

Zamalek chairman apologises to Tunisia’s club, Africain following riots in Saturday’s African Champions League match


Zamalek chairman Galal Ibrahim apologised to Tunisian side Club Africain after violence erupts on the football field on Saturday where the Champions League face-off was supposed to take place.

Algerian referee Mohamed Maknouz called off the match in stoppage time after thousands of fans invaded the pitch, attacked Africain players and dismantled the goal’s posts amid unprecedented chaotic scenes in Egyptian football.

“We deeply regret the ugly scenes we saw today. I apologised to the Tunisian delegation for what happened,” Ibrahim told Ahram Online.

Ibrahim also said he was concerned the incident might have dire consequences on Zamalek’s future in African competitions.

“We could be banned from taking part in African competitions for several years,” he said.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to comment on the incident.


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