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Zamalek president Mortada Mansour survives assassination attempt
Mortada Mansour survived an attempted assassination after being shot at while leaving Zamalek’s headquarters on Sunday morning, but two club workers were left injured.
Mortada’s son, Ahmed Mansour, who is a member of the club’s board, revealed on Facebook: “gunshots were fired at the club president, two workers have been injured.”
State run news agency MENA narrated the events of this incident as follows:
Mortada Mansour was leaving the club early on Sunday when gunmen fired at him. Mansour was not injured, unfortunately, two workers at Zamalek were.
Controversial lawyer Mortada Mansour has always been an infamous character in Egypt, long before he was re-elected as Zamalek’s president last March.
Mansour has publicly slandered many on live television – from accusing Egyptian legend Essam El-Hadary of using genies to saying some of his players are ‘only good enough for a women’s football team’ – something that has definitely put him on the blacklist of many.
His way of handling Zamalek’s football club has displeased many fans too, namely, the Ultras White Knights, who have clearly announced their refusal of his policy.
The group recently released a statement on their Facebook page, criticizing him for publicly speaking of the team’s condition and tactics, following his decision to sack manager Mido and bring in Hossam Hassan.
Things got much more heated recently when Mortada Mansour announced that the club’s security will soon carry firearms with live ammunition to deal with trouble-making fans, following the ultras’ attempt at attacking him earlier this month.
Mansour accused the club’s ultras of being behind his assassination attempt. He told Al-Masry Al-Youm (as translated by Egypt Independent): “The club’s security was suspicious of three ultras members as one of them was talking on the phone about his movements inside the club.”
“At 3 AM, I was standing in front of the club’s gate, following up on the installation of security cameras above the gate,” Mansour said. “When I headed to my car, unknown assailants started shooting, leaving a journalist, a lawyer and a club employee injured as they were standing near the car.
“I drove fast to Agouza police station,” he added. “The criminals continued shooting at the car and then they disappeared.”
The Ultras White Knights later denied Mansour’s claims in a statement on Facebook.
“You’re attacking us to complete your plan of eradicating the youth and give the green light for killing them at their club’s gate, claiming self-defense against saboteurs and thugs,” the group said.