Ahly Club denies support for presidential candidates in run-off

The Ahly Club, the largest football club in Egypt, issued an official statement on Wednesday saying that neither the management nor the players support any of the presidential candidates in the run-off.

“The club is impartial to all candidates and wishes the people would choose the best for the interests of the country,” the statement said, denying claims to the contrary that were posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The club’s star footballer Mohamed Abu Treika and executive director Hadi Khashaba had earlier announced their support for Mohamed Morsy, while OnTV talk show host Yousry Foda said that Hassan Hamdy, the club president, and Mahmoud al-Khatib, the club’s former football star, had announced their support for Ahmed Shafiq.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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