Egyptian soccer team suspends player for backing deposed president Morsi

November 12, 2013 19:54


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CAIRO - A leading Egyptian soccer club said on Tuesday it would suspend one of its players and offer him for sale after he showed support for ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Ahmed Abdelzaher will also be "prevented from representing the club and will not get any bonuses", the club Al Ahli said in a statement issued on its website.

After scoring a goal on Sunday in the African Champions league final match, Abdelzaher displayed the four-finger Muslim Brotherhood signal, which symbolizes a raid by security forces on a pro-Morsi protest camp in Cairo in August in which hundreds of Islamists were killed.

"The Ahli Club administration refuses to mix sport with politics and has decided to suspend the player by not allowing him to represent the club in the World Clubs Cup in Morocco next month," it said in the statement.

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