CAIRO - 30 September 2018: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned for one year Chairman of Zamalek Club Mortada Mansour and fined him $40,000on Saturday after he verbally attacked the organization's officials.
For the same reason, the Egyptian Olympic Committee banned Mansour from participating in or attending any sports event and announced not accepting any documents carrying his signature.
In a phone interview on a TV show on Friday, Mansour threatened CAF President Ahmad Ahmad with making his predecessor Issa Hayatou speak up on how he attained the position. He described the CAF secretary general Amr Mostafa Fahmy as a drunken drug “sniffer” for defending Ultras (hooligans in Egypt) who had insulted Zamalek.
Mansour went on to question how Fahmy reached that post doubting his qualifications and saying that he will request carrying out blood tests for him, wishing he willquit. He claimed that he had records of empty ballots which contradicts with what was announced that the turnover was 20,000.
Mansour commented on both decisions in a video, saying they are invalid as he is not sports personnel and describing the acts as a conspiracy against the club threatening to take a legal action.
Mansour, initially a lawyer, added that Fahmy is avenging the court ruling he got to ban and dismantle Ultras groups. He accused the CAF secretary general of using international institutions to support hostile acts against an Egyptian citizen.
If Zamalek chairman does not abide by the CAF decision, the club will be denied participation in any continental matches. Nonetheless, Zamalek has the right to appeal the decision within three days.
In both videos, Mansour accused Fahmy’s father of denying Zamalek the “Club of the Century” title and giving it to Al-Ahly Club-of which they are fans-while serving as CAF secretary general between 1982 and 2010 succeeding his father Mourad who held the same post starting 1961.
The Zamalek chairman accused the Fahmys of manipulating CAF, saying that he will not allow it this time.