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Zamalek defender Gaber complains to EFA following training snub
Zamalek defender Omar Gaber has reportedly filed a complaint against the club following football director Ismail Youssef’s decision to prevent him from training with the squad.
The Egyptian international refused to take the field in his side’s 1-1 draw with ENPPI due to the Air Defense Stadium disaster that occurred during the game, in which an estimated 22 people lost their lives.
According to reports, Youssef did not permit the 23-year-old midfielder to train with the team following the board’s decision that insists that Gaber will not resume normal training until the board investigate his actions, prompting the defender to take his complaints to the EFA.
However, Ismail Youssef has since denied such claims, stating that Gaber himself – not the club – that refused to train.
“The player himself refused to train,” he told the press. “We contacted him several times, but he didn’t answer – so how could’ve we prevented him from training?”
Reports also state that Gaber was treated with hostility upon his arrival with players refusing to shake hands with him as he had revealed to the press that some players knew that there were casualties, yet still decided to take the field.
It is worth noting that Gaber has made it clear that he will not play for Zamalek again, and has offered to return the cheque he received for his new contract – worth 1 million EGP – in exchange for the signed contract which is yet to be authorised.