Court refers Mortada Mansour’s suspension appeal to Commissioners Authority

The State Council’s Administrative Court on Sunday has referred Zamalek FC President Mortada Mansour’s appeal against the Egyptian Olympic Committee’s decision to suspend him for four years to the State Commissioners Authority to file a legal opinion report.

The Sunday session, which lasted only for a few minutes, did not see Mansour’s attendance.

Security forces were deployed in the vicinity of the State Council since early morning to secure the session. The security prevented media members from entering the hall like in previous sessions.

The Egyptian Olympic Committee in October suspended Mansour for four years, fined him an LE100,000 fine, and obliged the club’s management to call for a general assembly to elect a new club president to replace Mansour.

The Egyptian Olympic Committee said earlier that its decision entails not approving Mansour’s representation of the Zamalek Sports Club’s affairs at the judiciary, nor can he assume presidency of any meetings or general assemblies for the suspension’s duration.

His signature will also no longer be counted for any procedure or correspondence regarding the Zamalek club, especially regarding financial issues or authorization thereof.

The committee also decided to file a case with the Public Prosecution regarding incidents noted in the committee’s investigations – which constitute a criminal offense – in order to take the due procedures.

And it has further tapped the Supreme Council for Media Regulation to take action against the Zamalek satellite channel over broadcasting offensive discourse that violates the Media Honor Charter.

These violations are a flagrant breach of the Egyptian constitution and international laws and charters and demolishes sporting values, the committee added.

Tensions between Al-Ahly and Zamalek club leaders had reached a high when, back in October 2019 the Al-Ahly Sporting Club addressed the Chief of the Presidential Staff, the Public Prosecutor, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Interior Minister, calling on them to intervene to deter Zamalek president Mansour from “spreading lies” and defaming the family of Mahmoud al-Khatib, chairman of Ahly.

In a statement published on its official page on Facebook, Ahly said that its administration and fans have “reached their limit” regarding the offenses of the President of Zamalek.

Ahly said in a statement that Mansour is now defaming families and spreading lies through phone-ins with satellite channels.

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