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Mortada fulfilled his promise: Zamalek didn’t turn up to face El-Maqassa

Mortada fulfilled his promise: Zamalek don't turn up to face El-Maqassa

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Zamalek failed to show up at Petrosport Stadium for their encounter with Misr El-Maqassa in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.

The game was to be played on April 15, but the EFA changed the date of the fixture to April 16, citing security reasons, as the match collided with the Coptic Christians Easter holiday celebration.

Zamalek has challenged this position and wrote letters to the EFA requesting postponement of the match to April 18, but they refused, which made the club’s chairman Mortada Mansour threaten the EFA that he won’t show up for the match.

Despite sending a joint letter with the Whites to the EFA, Misr El-Maqassa accepted the EFA decision later and went to Petrosport, while Mortada fulfilled his promise and didn’t turn up for the match, which made the referee Mohamed Farouk waited for 20 minutes on the pitch before abandoning the match.

“Head of the EFA Competitions Committee has decided to postpone the match without my knowledge. Nobody can punish or dock points from Zamalek. We will not play the match,” Mortada told Nile Sports on Sunday before the game.

The EFA will most likely now deduct three more points from Zamalek and slap them with a heavy fine for not showing up, as well as declaring Misr El-Maqassa the match winners.

El-Maqassa will be awarded an automatic 3-0 win, which will keep them second in the Egyptian Premier League with 57 points, four points behind leaders Al Ahly, who have a game in hand. While the Whites’ second place hopes fade away, as they now sit fifth with 40 points (37 if the EFA docked three more points from them).

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