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Egypt court returns Mansour, his board to Zamalek SC

The Supreme Administrative Court on Sunday accepted a new appeal against the government decision to dissolve the Board of Birectors of Zamalek SC, headed by former club president Mortada Mansour.

Sunday’s ruling consequently returns Mansour and his board to the presidency of Zamalek SC.

The new appeal has been filed by former member of the Board of Directors Hany Zada.

In March, the Supreme Administrative Court upheld the dissolution of the Board of Directors of the Zamalek, and election a new one.

The ruling concerned an appeal by Mansour and others.

The appeal was lodged against the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Executive Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The Youth and Sports Minister dissolved Mansour’s board in late November 2020. The ministry decided to suspend and exclude the board, the executive manager, and the financial manager from any club-related affairs until the investigation is over.

A ministry statement said that the decision was based on the findings of a financial and administrative inspection committee, formed by the ministry in September 2020.

The statement did not elaborate on the committee’s findings. However, it confirmed the presence of financial and other irregularities, which prompted the ministry to refer their report to the Public Prosecution.

Mansour and his colleagues appealed both decisions in two separate cases at the Administrative Court.

The two appeals demanded the cancellation of the decision to freeze the club’s board of directors, and the decision to form a temporary committee to manage and run the Zamalek club.

Mansour is a controversial figure who held the presidency of Zamalek and a seat in the House of Representatives, and lost them all in 2020.

In November, Mansour lost his reelection to parliament after coming in sixth in the Mit Ghamr race. He claimed the elections were rigged and had appealed the results in court.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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