It has been reported that Luxor officials have arrested some Al Ahly fans over a racist gesture at Zamalek winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek Shikabala.
Al Ahly secured their ninth CAF Champions League title on Friday evening after edging arch-rivals Zamalek in a historic 2-1 victory.
Amr El-Sulya opened the scoring for Al Ahly before Mahmoud Abdel-Razek Shikabala brought the game level after producing a sublime solo effort as Mohamed Magdy Afsha’s late strike sealed the title for the record champions.
Following the game, Zamalek captain Shikabala received racist abuse as a video circulating on social media showed a group of the Reds’ fans holding a black dog and chanting ‘Shikabala’ in reference to the player’s dark skin.
The incident caused an uproar on social media from both Al Ahly and Zamalek fans who were shocked by the content of the video.
However, reports on Sunday confirmed that the police arrested some of the identified fans who instigated the incident with the help of surveillance cameras in local shops surrounding Salah El-Din Square in Luxor.
Shikabala has been at Zamalek since 2003 and has played 21 Cairo derbies against arch-rivals Al Ahly, winning three, while losing 12.
The 34-year-old managed to score twice against Al Ahly, with both goals coming in two finals, the 2007 Egypt Cup as well the 2020 CAF Champions League, however, the Whites lost both.
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