Zamalek To Leave Egyptian Premier League?

Mortada Mansour
Mortada Mansour

Mortada Mansour, president of Egyptian Premier League champions Zamalek, has threatened to withdraw his team from the nation's top flight following his side's recent run of results.

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The reigning champions of Egypt have endured a poor run of results as they continue to fall away from league leaders Al Ahly in the EPL.

Most recently, the White Knights managed to salvage a point against relegation-threatened El Dakhleya on Thursday, when a 96th minute Mohamed Abdel Ghani strike earned Jesualdo Ferreira's men a 1-1 draw.

With that stalemate coming off the back of a surprise 2-1 defeat to newly promoted side Aswan, Zamalek now find themselves five points adrift of the Club of the Century at the top of the table.

Speaking after the game against Dakhleya, Mortada lamented the officiating in the match, and accusing the referees of conspiring with Al Ahly to help them win the league.

"We will not continue the league as long as the current committee exists," Mortada exclaimed, as per KingFut.

"In Al Ahly's game, there was a handball on Yasser Ibrahim, and the referee didn't award it.

"And in our game, Samson should have been awarded a penalty.

"We will not take part in this farce."

The match against 16th-placed Dakhleya was marred by drama prior to kick-off when two of Zamalek stars were dropped from the matchday squad – it was revealed that both Ahmed Fetouh and Abdallah Gomaa had tested positive for cannabis.

After the game, Mortada confirmed that both would depart the club. 

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"Ahmed Fetouh and Abdallah Gomaa entered the game under the influence of cannabis. They disrespected the club," 70-year-old executive told Zamalek TV.

"When they know of a pre-game drug test, they pulled out of the game.

"I told them when the test results return, they will leave [the club].

"Ferreira had to change his starting XI because of them."

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