Egyptian Zamalek rejects Al-Ahly fans bullying its star Shikabala
The Egyptian club Zamalek decided to file an official complaint against its Al-Ahly counterpart, requesting an investigation into the incident of “bullying, insulting and defamation” against Mahmoud Abdel-Razek Shikabala, captain of the team, on the sidelines of the summit meeting that took place between them in the 21st round of the local league.
The Zamalek club announced on its official website, the submission of an official note of the complaint, which includes many points, the most prominent of which is Mahmoud Shikabala’s insult, slander and bullying by the fans throughout the events of the match, other than the 69th minute, which witnessed his replacement by Patrice Carteron, the coach.
Zamalek also objected to allowing the mass attendance of the Al-Ahly club, with large numbers of fans who attended the match, and his refusal to participate in the meeting until after those numbers left, which Al-Ahly management allowed their attendance despite the holding of matches without the presence of the masses.
Zamalek responded to the match observer’s request towards the match, provided that the incident is proven and investigated, in order to prevent crises for Egyptian football. Zamalek demanded the Football Association to investigate the complaint and take appropriate penalties that guarantee the club’s rights.
The Football Association announced the suspension of Mahmoud Abdel Razek Shikabala, captain of Zamalek, for two matches, as a punishment for him for improperly referring to the fans when he was substituted in the last summit match.
Al-Ahly and Zamalek tied with a goal for each of them at the top, so Zamalek retained the top of the league with 45 points, compared to 41 points for Al-Ahly in the lineup.