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Mortada Mansour: Zamalek have decided against forfeiting the league

Mortada Mansour

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Zamalek has backtracked on its decision to quit the Egyptian Premier League after reaching a compromise with the Egyptian Football Association.

Mortada Mansour, chairman of Zamalek, had made the declaration that the club would forfeit the league. His pronouncement was backed by the Board of Directors, who sent a letter to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

This came after refereeing controversy in the league match between Al Ahly and Misr El-Maqassa. Egypt’s second most successful club put forward three conditions to be met to revoke their decision of forfeiting the league.

Zamalek wanted the referee involved, Ibrahim Nour El-Dein, and the board of the refereeing committee sacked. The club also wanted an investigation to be launched on the Ahly loanee who missed a penalty in that match.

But the club has now decided against quitting the 2016/2017 Egyptian Premier League season. Mortada Mansour confirmed this. “Zamalek have decided against forfeiting the league.” The Zamalek chairman said that the EFA has made promises to him about raising the levels of officials and closely monitoring their performance.

Zamalek announced the squad to face Aswan in round 14 of the Egyptian Premier League. The club lies seventh in the league with 21 points, 14 behind the first placed team although they have three games in-hand.

Another Egyptian top flight side, Ismaily is considering quitting the league. They too put forward conditions to be met if they are to reverse their stance. The controversy on refereeing has also touched Egypt’s second division. In that league, Ceramica Cleopatra announced their forfeiture.

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