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Taher Abou-Zeid: ‘National icon’ Sisi images different than Rabaa sign

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Posted on November 22, 2013

The Egyptian Minister of Sports Taher Abou-Zeid appeared on Al-Hayah TV last Monday and announced a controversial statement by saying that signs and pictures of a ‘national icon’ like the armed forces chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi can not be compared to the Rabaa sign that supports ‘a group that all Egyptians are against’.

When the former Ahly player was asked on Al-Hayah-Al-Youm daily Egyptian broadcast about the possibility of players showing their support for Sisi on the field, he responded: “That is an imaginary incident and I will not comment on it, but of course there is a major difference between the two incidents.” He continued by saying that mixing politics with sports should be banned in all the fields but showing support for an icon who all Egyptians agree on is a different situation.

Amr Zaki & Abou El-Leef - El-Sisi sign

international shows a ‘Sisi’ sign with Egyptian singer ‘Abou El Leef’

This is the same Minister who said on November the 10th after Abdel-Zaher celebrated with a salute for ‘Rabaa’ after scoring Al Ahly’s second goal in the Champions league final: “All international customs and doctrines consider mixing sports with politics a crime and I am sure that heavy sanctions from and the FA are awaiting him.”

This should not be Abou-Zeid’s and the domestic football association’s business because the incident came on a game under the CAF rules; however, Abdel-Zaher has since been suspended and transfer listed by Al Ahly, and may never represent the Egyptian national team again.

8 Comments

  1. Yasin

    November 22, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Usual dialogue of an hypocrite! Shame on him

  2. Abdel Fattah El cici

    November 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    we all kno this is true, my picture is everywhere im iconic. dont be delusional and say that morsi supporters are alot they are very little. but still you should never mix my name with football.

  3. Ali AbdUl

    November 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Amr zaki did the sisi sign off the pitch, he has the right to support who ever he wants off the pitch. But abdel zaher did it during a crucial match in front of fans that just came back to the stadium after 2 years absence. BIG DIFFERENCE

  4. gogi

    November 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Indeed, there is a huge difference between a sign which shows the solidarity with thousands of massacred innocent people and signs or pictures in support of the mass murderer who is responsible for their deaths.

    • El Pharao

      November 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      @gogi: Agree 100% The revolution is on, see you all on Date: Jan 25th, Location: Tahrir Square, Slogan: DOWN WITH MILITARY RULE AND DICTATORSHIP !!!

      • mohamed

        November 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Egypt has JUDICIAL RULE right now, not military rule. Interim president Mansour is the head of the Supreme Court, who better to entrust with executive and legislative powers than the people entrust with upholding the courts and justice. THERE WAS NO COUP, IT WAS A POPULAR REVOLUTION.

        THIS IS A SPORTS BLOG NOT A POLITICAL BLOG, SISI IS A NATIONAL ICON AND WHOEVER DOESNT LIKE HIM DOESNT HAVE EGYPT’S BEST INTEREST AT HEART.THE MAN DEDICATES HIS LIFE TO EGYPTIAN PROSPERITY.

        EL SISI IS MUSLIM, BEING MUSLIM DOESNT MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE BROTHERHOOD, AND THIS IS THE BRAINWASHING THE BANNED TERRORIST GROUP HAS BEING TRYING TO FOOL EGYPTIANS WITH.

        THE PEOPLE MASSACRED WERE THE POLICE OFFICERS IN GIZA THAT WERE KILLED AND THE 11 SOLDIERS KILLED WHILE OFF DUTY BY A SUICIDE, I REPEAT…SUICIDE BOMBER, AMONG OTHER TRUE MARTYRS.
        SUICIDE IS HARAM! PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

        LONG LIVE EGYPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ali AbdUl

          November 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

          amen

        • Yasin

          November 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

          So killing people in rabia is not haram? are you kidding!? stop justifying any kind of murder, may ALLAH open your eyes and protect Egypt.

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