Mortada Mansour: Zamalek security will carry firearms
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has told the press that the club’s security will carry firearms with live ammunition to deal with troublemaking fans.
Tensions have run high lately between Zamalek’s Ultras White Knights and the club president after Mansour declared that he would not submit to the requests of the Ultras to exclude Tarek El-Said from the club’s technical staff.
The former Zamalek man El-Said, who returns to the club joining Hossam Hassan’s staff, made the controversial transfer to Al Ahly in 2006 and is struggling to win over the approval of the fans.
The Ultras responded by storming the club’s headquarters with lit fireworks in an attempt to attack Mansour. In the process, costly damage was incurred to the building while the club’s walls were also vandalized. One staff member was also reportedly severely injured.
The club’s president announced the controversial decision in the aftermath of the event:
“Those who broke in are not true Zamalek fans. They are a group of troublemaking thugs.
“I was at the club for four hours in the morning for a press conference and when I was leaving, they stormed and terrorized the building. They knew of my location when it happened.
“I can guarantee this will not happen again during my reign. I have contacted the leaders of the Ministry of Interior Defense and prosecutors to investigate the matter. Formal steps have been taken in order to defend the members of the club because I am primarily responsible for them.
“40 club security members will have firearm licenses and carry live ammunition, and in the event of a troublemaking crowd, shots will be fired in the confines of the law.
“This is a final warning to rioting fans, and their parents to educate them such that they don’t regret it later.
“I do not mind having the Egyptian Super Cup outside of Egypt but I am committed not to deprive the masses because of the actions of a few troublemakers,” he concluded.
Mortada Mansour also warned that only those with membership cards from the Egyptian Football Federation would be allowed to attend the Egyptian Super Cup match (between Al Ahly and Zamalek, the league and the cup winners respectively).
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