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Zamalek fail to honour clash with rivals Al Ahly

Zamalek fail to honour clash with rivals Al Ahly

The Egyptian Premier League clash between Ahly and Zamalek was called off  after the Whites didn’t show up at the Cairo International Stadium on Monday.

The game was scheduled to start at 19:30 Cairo local time but was postponed for an hour as the Whites were reportedly stuck in traffic due to heavy rains in the Egyptian capital.

The referee whistled the start of the game at 20:30 in the presence of Ahly, who were in the field on time, and waited for 20 minutes, according to game regulations, before the match was called off.

On Sunday the Zamalek board decided to forfeit the league games in protest against the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) sanctions imposed following the Super Cup brawl last Thursday.

Several Ahly and Zamalek players and officials were hit by heavy sanctions  following a bust-up between the two teams at the end of the game that saw Zamalek claim their fourth Super Cup title following a penalty shootout victory.

Zamalek president backtracked on his decision and a youthful Zamalek side were reportedly on their way to Cairo stadium but were stuck in traffic.

“We are sorry for this scene and we will apply the regulations. After coordinating with the security forces we were informed that there were no obstacles preventing both teams’ buses from arriving at the stadium,” the EFA said following the game.

 According to the EFA regulations, Ahly will be announced winners of the game and six points will be deducted from Zamalek at the end of the season.

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