Zamalek captain Shikabala slapped with eight month suspension

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Zamalek’s veteran winger Mahmoud Shikabala has been slapped with an eight month ban after being involved in a heated exchange with an Egyptian Football Association (EFA) official.

Shikabala had an altercation with Ahmed Megahed during Zamalek’s League title celebrations on Friday.

The White Knights won the title with one game to spare, ending their season with a 1-1 draw against NBE club.

According to reports, the Zamalek skipper was furious that some of his teammates, who were not included in the matchday squad, and their wives were not allowed on the pitch during the post-match celebrations as Zamalek were presented with the League trophy.

Megahed reportedly approached the 35-year-old to tell him it was not his job to decide who gets in, sparking a furious exchange. Videos showed Shikabala being restrained by security personnel.

“Shikabala is suspended for eight months and given an EGP 500,000 (roughly $31,750) fine for inciting fans, insulting the EFA and verbally abusing its officials as well as not respecting the league’s coronation ceremony,” the Egyptian governing body said in a statement.

Zamalek’s right-back Hazem Emam was also suspended for four games over “unsporting behavior”, the EFA said without elaborating further.

Zamalek are likely to appeal Shikabala’s suspension, which effectively rules him out of the entire season.

Shikabala’s career has been blighted by numerous disciplinary problems as he failed to live up to his potential due to some off-field antics.

Most recently, he was caught on television cameras making an offensive chant against Ahly along with a small contingent of Zamalek supporters after the White Knights were crowned Egyptian champions. The EFA did not refer to this incident when announcing Shikabala’s penalty.

There is no love lost between Shikabala and Ahly’s supporters. He has been involved in numerous confrontations with the Red Devils’ fans throughout his troublesome career, often responding to any offensive chants in an unruly manner.

Earlier this year, he was handed a two-game ban for pointing to his shoe in an apparent insulting gesture to Ahly’s supporters during a 1-1 Cairo derby draw.

Shikabala scored two goals and provided five assists in all competitions this season.

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By FARPost Reporter