Zamalek President Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Al Ahly Chairman

Zamalek President Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Al Ahly Chairman

Keba Mothoagae
  • The biggest rivalry in Egyptian football added more spice
  • Zamalek's chief allegedly insulted his Al Ahly counterpart
  • This saw the former being sent to jail for these utterances

Zamalek and Al Ahly is arguably the biggest rivalry in African club football.

The Cairo-based teams absolutely hate each other and this animosity has been ramped up further because of a recent incident.

mortada mansour, mahmoud el khatib, zamalek, al ahly, jail, defamation
Mortada Mansour has paid dearly for insulting remarks. Image source: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

BBC Sport Africa reported that Zamalek president, Mortada Mansour will have to spend a month behind bars after being found guilty of insulting his Al Ahly counterpart, Mahmoud El Khatib after he lost an election as the rival club's chairman.

El Khatib filed a case of defamation after Mansour mocked him over the loss in a social media video. After deliberation, the latter was sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty but this was later reduced to a month.

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The politician and former member of parliament is no stranger to controversy. In 2018, Mansour was banned by CAF from all football-related activities after making disparaging remarks about its officials.

Furthermore, he made it clear he was not a fan of renowned former English referee, Mark Clattenburg, who was appointed as the Egyptian Referees Committee's president. Continued criticism - led by Mansour - saw the official call it quits in January after having served in the leadership role for just five months, according to BBC Sport.

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Sports Brief previously reported on sections of the Egyptian media accusing Mamelodi Sundows of time-wasting, a favourite pastime of North African teams.

This was in the wake of the Brazilians' dramatic 2-2 draw with Al Ahly during a CAF Champions League group encounter in Cairo last Saturday.

An offended Sundowns head coach, Rhulani Mokwena responded to the accusations from the media during the post-match press conference.

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The first tangible signs that the African Super League is going to happen have shown themselves.

Eight teams have confirmed their participation in CAF's most lucrative football tournament ever.

Sports Brief reported that the inaugural edition of the debatable tournament will begin in August.