FIFA slap Egypt giants with R17.8m fine

African Football

World football governing body FIFA has slapped Egyptian giants Zamalek with a €1 million (R17.8 million) fine, with the club potentially facing additional sanctions. 

The Egyptian Premier League (EPL) side has been handed the fine, plus interest, for not adhering "to the agreement of the transfer" of Mohamed Ibrahim (pictured above), per KingFut.

The attacking midfielder left the White Knights to join Portuguese outfit Maritimo back in 2014, but his stay there was a short one as he rejoined his former club just six months later. 

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Ibrahim joined Maritimo at a reported fee of €400 000 (R7.1 million), which is said to have made him the Portuguese club's most expensive signing at the time, but just half a year later Ibrahim went back to his ex-club for a fee of €350 000 (R6.2 million). 

However, with Zamalek's previous board having failed to honour the agreement of that transfer, FIFA has since stepped in.

Per the EPL club's legal adviser Nasr Azzam, the side has been given a month and a half to settle the fine or risk facing further sanctions. 

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"We are trying to solve the problem with the Portuguese club, FIFA gave us 45 days to pay the fine, if we don't pay we might face a three-window transfer ban," Azzam said, according to KingFut.   

"We are hoping to reach an agreement with Maritimo."

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