Pitso Mosimane will have to do without his reliable goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi for four matches after he was fined and banned over ‘unsporting behaviour’.
El-Shennawi was apparently unhappy about the referee’s handling of their disappointing goalless draw against Egyptian Premier League debutants National Bank of Egypt on Sunday.
The referee denied the African Champions a goal after a VAR review.
After the game, the national team goalkeeper had an altercation with the referee.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced his suspension via their twitter account.
“Mohamed El-Shennawi was suspended for four-games and fined EGP 20,000 due to his unsporting behaviour towards the referee,” read EFA’s statement.
A video shot after the match shows the 32-year-old keeper lashing out at the referee before lightly tugging on his arm as he walked out of the pitch.
El-Shennawi has been one of Ahly’s top performers, often being handed the captain’s armband.
Mosimane will have to do without him in upcoming clashes against Arab Contractors, Pyramids FC, Smouha and Talae El-Gaish.
Ahly are leading the pack with 17 points, one point ahead of Zamalek, who will face Gouna on Tuesday. If Zamalek, who have a game in hand, win they take over top spot.
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By Mthokozisi Dube