Egypt Independent

Court recommends banning Zamalek chief from TV over libel



The commissioners board at the Supreme Administrative Court in Cairo recommended on Wednesday banning Zamalek Sports Club chief Mortada Mansour from appearing in satellite channels, as well as suspending a TV show which hosted him, over libel charges. 
 
Tarek al-Awady, a lawyer representing Ultras White Knights, the fan group of Zamalek Sports Club, said Mansour, who had been at loggerheads with UWK, insulted and made baseless accusations against him during a phone-in with media host Ahmed Moussa three earlier on the satellite channel Sada el-Balad.
 
The commissioner’s recommendations are judicially non-binding for the SAC which has the final say.
 
Mansour and Awady had exchanged libel accusations in courts over the past months.
 
Mansour’s relation with the UWK further deteriorated days ago when he vowed to arrest group members upon their return from Tunisia after attending their team’s encounter with Club Sportif Sfaxien.
 
In August 2014, Mansour, a former court president and an influential lawyer known for his ferocious media rhetoric and court battles, accused UWKs of attempting to shoot him dead outside the club.
 
UWKs accuse Mortada in complicity with police into the death of 22 fans in a stampede outside the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo during a premier league match last February.