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Bassem Morsi ‘accepts’ transfer to Europe, Ali Gabr’s red card and his spat with Mortada
Bassem Morsi spoke to the media about about his future, Ali Gabr’s red card and his spat with club president Mortada Mansour after Zamalek’s second leg win against Étoile in the CAF Confederation cup semi-final.
The Whites forward, who has also been the star of the national team of late, has claimed that he has decided his future: “I’m going to make a surprise move to the club in Europe in January.”
“I got an offer from a club and I accepted but I am waiting for the club’s decision.
“I gave everything for this club by winning the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup and if I stay, I will only stay for the fans of this club,” he added.
The star striker also defended his teammate Ali Gabr and demanded he not be suspended by the club following his early dismissal for violent conduct. His sending off in the 5th minute of the match made Zamalek’s potential comeback even harder. Morsi said: “Ali Gabr was crying in the changing room after the red card and I didn’t want to challenge anybody with my quotes. All I wanted to do is to motivate my teammates after the match.”
Bassem Morsi and Omar Gaber also had a spat with Mortada Mansour after the players jumped the fence to thank the Ultra White Knights for their support. Club president Mortada Mansour has a poor relationship with the Ultras which has led to violence and vandalism in the past. He has also previously suspended and fined Gaber for showing support for the group. The details of the suspensions and fines for Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber and Bassem Morsi remain to be seen.