Zamalek fine Hamid Ahaddad for “disrespecting” Gor Mahia
The White Knights have secured a comfortable 4-0 victory against Kenya’s Gor Mahia in the fifth round of the CAF Confederation Cup group-stages to boost their chances of advancing to the quarter-finals
They currently sit top of the group with eight points, one ahead of each Petro de Luanda and NA Hussein Dey, while Gor Mahia sit bottom with six points.
In the 68th minute, Zamalek’s striker Ahaddad stood on the ball, in what was considered by the club’s board as a sign of disrespect shown towards the opponent, which forced them to fine him 300,000 EGP.
“We decided to fine Ahaddad 300,000 EGP for standing on the ball against Gor Mahia. No player is allowed to show any disrespect towards a rival team,” Zamalek’s president Mortada Mansour said.
Al Ahly’s winger Ramadan Sobhi had a similar incident when he also stood on the ball twice against Zamalek back in 2015, which Mansour has pointed to in his words as well.
“A few years ago, an Al Ahly player did the same against Zamalek, and his action was condemned by me and many others. We don’t want such actions to be repeated again,” he added.
Zamalek will travel to Algeria to face NA Hussein Dey in the final round, and they will need to avoid defeat in order to reach the quarter-finals.
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