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Ismaily face six-point deduction before start of league season
FIFA have decided to deduct Ismaily six-points for the overdue payments for John Owoeri’s agent, according to the chief executive of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).
The agent fees of Nigerian striker John Owoeri, who joined Ismaily during the 2010/2011 season, are reportedly worth $86,000, and were due last April.
Until now, the season for which the punishment was to be applied was undecided, but FIFA have advised the EFA that it will be for the 2014/2015 season.
“FIFA have confirmed that the six-points are to be deducted from this season,” said Sweilam.
“The EFA with the help of minister of sports Hany Abou-Rida are trying to change the ban to a financial fine,” he added.
EFA board member Ahmed Megahed said that the FIFA told them it’s crucial that Ismaily be deducted points.
Megahed said: “FIFA sent us a notice regarding Ismaily’s deduction and that the club must deal with the problem or there will be another punishment.” He added: “We sent the FIFA asking when the deduction is due.”
Ismaily president Mohamed Abou El-Soud labelled all the talk about the deduction as ‘nonsense’, claiming they were supposed to be penalised from last season.
Abou El-Soud told FilGoal: “We tried meeting with the player’s agent to find a solution for this problem but we couldn’t, and that’s why we haven’t paid him until now.”