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Zamalek officially out of title race

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Zamalek are officially out of the 2016-2017 Egyptian Premier League title race as they await a three points deduction by the end of the season.

Zamalek are now officially out of this season’s title race as they have been hit with a three points deduction due to their no-show for their clash with Misr El-Maqassa last April.

The White Knights failed to show up at the Petrosport Stadium as Mortada Mansour, the club’s chairman, kept his promise of not allowing the team to turn up for the game.

The issue started when Zamalek’s league game, that was to be played on April 15th, was postponed to April 16th due to its collision with the Egypt’s Coptic Christians Easter holiday and security reasons.

Zamalek requested in a letter to the EFA that the game takes place on April 18th but the Federation refused, which lead Mortada Mansour to threaten that they’ll boycott the game.

“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,”

“We received the EFA letter late. We have players that are traveling and a manager who wants to celebrate his feast.”

After Zamalek’s refusal to respect the EFA’s decision and to show up for the game, an official statement was released by the Federation. It was detailed in the statement that due to Zamalek’s no-show at the game, the club’s set to be fined and 3 points will be deducted from their season.

“Three points will be deducted from the surrendered team at the end of the season and will be rearranged in the league table, if completed the competition. Finally, the surrendered team will be fined 200,000 EGP.”

It’s worth mentioning that now Zamalek sit third in the Premier League with 48 points, 20 points behind leaders Al Ahly and five points away from second place.

Statistically speaking and with only three games left to play, best they can reach would be second place as they officially surrendered the crown this season.

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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