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Al Ahly refuse to play until postponed league matches are played

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Posted on March 5, 2017
Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher

Photo: official website

Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher sent an official statement to the Egyptian Football Association ‘EFA’ chairman Hany Abou-Rida announcing that the Red Devils will not continue their league matches.

The statement came after the controversy that followed Zamalek and Misr El-Maqassa match which ended 1-0 for the Fayoum-based club. Al Ahly sent the statement as the White Knights’ next league game against Tala’a El-Gaish, which was supposed to be played on March 7, was postponed again.

The Red Devils also said that the club did not want to discuss Zamalek’s controversial match as such issue is only between Zamalek and the EFA and has nothing to do with Al Ahly. However, they had to talk about this point after they were accused of affecting referees choices. “We do not accept this and do not accept questioning our victories and championships which were achieved my our players, technical staff, and officials. Al Ahly does not need to compliment referees to play and win.” the club said in the statement.

Cairo giants were surprised by the fact that Zamalek’s match against Tala’a El-Gaish was postponed as requested by club president Mortada Mansour before their African Champions League encounter assuring that their surprise and anger has nothing to do with the reasons for postponing the match or with the person behind it, as Al Ahly does not intervene in such policies.

On the other side, Mortada Mansour revealed that his club won’t continue the league unless the Maqassa match is replayed.

“We would like to assure clearly that we will not continue playing our league matches until all postponed matches for all competitors are played,” the club added. “This is to guarantee justice and equal opportunities.”

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