CAF condemns security breach at Confederation Cup final amid new transfer ban on Zamalek

CAF condemns security breach at Confederation Cup final amid new transfer ban on Zamalek

Festus Chuma 20:15 - 20.05.2024

CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe was affected by security breaches during the Confederation Cup final prompting investigations.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has "strongly condemned" the behavior of football fans during the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday, highlighting serious security concerns as fans were allowed dangerously close to the podium. 

This created significant difficulties for CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe and accompanying dignitaries. 

Despite attempts by security personnel, they failed to control the crowd effectively leading to chaotic scenes that overshadowed the event's proceedings.

"CAF strongly condemns security breaches and spectator misbehavior during and after the CAF Confederation Cup second leg final between Zamalek SC and RS Berkane that was played in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday 19 May 2024," reads the statement.

 "CAF has referred the matter to the relevant CAF bodies for investigation and disciplinary measures if necessary, on the incidents and the behavior of Zamalek SC, its players, officials, and any other party during and after the match."

Zamalek faced additional challenges beyond the match as in the first leg of the final, they appeared on the verge of defeat after conceding two goals in Morocco.

 However, Seifeddine Jaziri's header gave Zamalek a lifeline, reducing the deficit to just one goal as they headed into the return leg.

Amid these sporting challenges, Zamalek is grappling with a new transfer ban imposed by FIFA for failing to pay the dues of an unnamed individual.

The world football governing body announced this in its weekly bans' list on Monday.

 The new transfer ban will last for three transfer windows and will be lifted once Zamalek settles the outstanding dues.

Reports in Egyptian media suggest that the new ban is related to unpaid dues for one of the club's former assistant coaches under the tenure of former Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira. 

The Whites Knights are already serving another transfer ban for three transfer windows, a decision imposed by FIFA on 24 April due to late dues owed to former striker Khalid Boutaïb.

The Federal Court in Switzerland recently rejected Zamalek's appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision, which ordered the club to pay 2.4 million euros to Boutaib after unilaterally terminating his contract in 2020.

 Boutaib joined Zamalek in January 2019 from Turkish side Malatyaspor following his strong performance with Morocco in the 2018 World Cup. However, he struggled with a persistent knee injury, leading to the former club president terminating his three-and-a-half-year contract after just one year.

Last year, Zamalek faced a similar ban but managed to lift it by fulfilling their financial obligations towards other clubs and players. 

The current bans highlight the club's ongoing financial struggles and governance issues which continue to affect its standing in both domestic and international football.

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