Zamalek star refused to play after fans killed in Egypt, faces suspension

Published February 9th, 2015 - 01:28 GMT

After refusing to take part in the Egyptian game against ENPPI due to the death of fans outside the stadium, Zamalek midfielder Omar Gaber made big news as supporters praised his decision while the team's management is set to suspend him.

In the wake of the Air Defence Stadium disaster, the 23-year-old midfielder refused to take part in the game after he was informed that fans had died.

Zamalek fans appreciated the player's decision on social media and thanked Gaber for his support.

From their side, Zamalek board member Ahmed Mortada Mansour, the son of the club's chairman, said that the management will punish the player for his action and he is expected to be suspended for an undisclosed period.

According to the health ministry, 19 people died after clashes occurred between the police and Zamalek supporters before the match.

Investigations are still ongoing as police claim they died due to a stampede, while the Zamalek Ultras White Knights said a criminal plot was pre-planned, blaming new security procedures that included the installation of a 'metal cage' for the fans to enter at the stadium gates.

The match was open to the public, unlike previous Egyptian League games since stadium riots in Port Said in 2012 left 72 people dead in the country's worst sports disaster.

Egypt’s cabinet suspended the league on Monday in the wake of the Air Defence Stadium deaths, following a meeting between Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the interior, sports and health ministers to discuss the disaster.

 

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