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Raouf Abdel Qader, director of sports activity at Al-Ahly, stressed that the club’s board of directors is keen on the distinguished relationship with Zamalek, but at the same time calls for “implementing the list” in the crisis of the basketball league summit between the two teams.

“Al-Ahly’s board of directors, headed by Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, is keen on the distinguished relationship with Zamalek club, because its value is greater than the result of a match in any sporting game,” Abdel Qader said on the club’s official website.

And he added, “Things should not take more than their size, after the basket match was canceled on Monday, as a result of the Zamalek fans storming the match stadium.”

“It all boils down to the letter Al-Ahly club received from the Egyptian Basketball Federation on March 21 confirming that all matches will be held without public attendance. If this is violated, the match will be canceled,” he stressed.

He added, “When Zamalek fans stormed the match hall, the technical staff asked Al-Ahly after returning to me while I was in the match stadium that the regulations be applied, and the hall would be evacuated from the fans to start the match. Unfortunately, this did not happen, so the observer canceled the match after waiting for more than an hour and a half. the clock”.

He explained, “The request of the technical staff to implement the regulations was not the result of the interference of some of the Al-Ahly board of directors who were present in the stadium, because this did not happen from near or far, but rather it is a system of work fixed in the club for decades. The decision in such situations is for the technical staff.” In consultation with the higher management of sports activity. ”

He continued, “The demand to implement the regulations was not motivated by the presence of any of the Zamalek players from the other games in the match hall, because these are matters that neither Al-Ahly nor its officials consider when making any decision. In it, the categorical refusal of any public presence in all matches, and the authorization of the observer to cancel any match in the event of a violation. ”

He concluded, “The club sent a letter this morning to the Basketball Association to preserve the rights of Al-Ahly and apply the regulations to everyone. Such matters often do not need explanation, because all similar incidents that took place in the past, the Basketball Association calculated the outcome of the match against the team whose fans exceeded “In the interest of the opposing team, but in the end it remains the need to respect the regulations and implement them to ensure justice and preserve the rights of all clubs.”

The match between Zamalek and Al-Ahly in the Basketball League was canceled by the match monitor due to the presence of fans in the standsSomething prohibited by the Egyptian Basketball Federation regulation.


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