Egypt: Soccer player prober for backing Morsi

2013-11-12 12:22
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Cairo - African champions Al Ahly have launched an investigation into one of its players after he showed support for ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt's soccer federation said it would ban the player, Ahmed Abdel Zaher, from competing until an investigation is completed.

After scoring the winning goal in the CAF Champions League win over South Africa's Orlando Pirates on Sunday, Zaher displayed the four-finger Muslim Brotherhood signal that symbolises a raid by security forces on a pro-Morsi protest camp in Cairo in August that killed hundreds of Islamists.

The army overthrew Morsi on 3 July and installed an interim government. It has since launched a security crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, arresting more than 2 000 members, including Morsi and other senior leaders. Security forces have killed hundreds of Morsi supporters.

Many Egyptians turned against the Brotherhood after Morsi’s troubled year in office and now support the man who overthrew him, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In October, an Egyptian kung fu champion was banned from representing the country after he showed support for Morsi.

Read more on:    al ahly  |  ahmed abdel zaher  |  mohammed morsi  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  egypt crisis

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