Al Ahly star Hussein El Shahat has revealed what sparked the massive brawl against Zamalek after the CAF Champions League final.
The Red Devils beat their fierce rivals on Friday evening in a match that was dubbed the Derby of the Century in Egyptian media with Magdy Afsha's incredible 88th-minute long-range strike the difference in the 2-1 win.
Ahly's record signing breathed a sigh of relief after he missed a glorious opportunity to seal victory moments earlier with the goalmouth gaping and after the game he was involved in a scuffle that turned into unsavoury scenes.
As often is the case in the Cairo derby, emotions flared leading to flying fists and kicks reminiscent to a WWE encounter, which El Shahat suggests was due to a misunderstanding.
"I was telling my teammates that we will win the game and I found that one of the Zamalek players [Mostafa Mohamed] is laughing at what I said and mocking me with his teammates," El Shahat said over the incident, as per Yallakora.
"After the game it was a misunderstanding, I told him we won and then he wanted to fight with me, I didn't mean anything malicious and didn't expect what happened after, we were both sent off and then everyone jumped into the fight.
"I love Shikabala very personally, and I have nothing to do with his relationship with Al-Ahly fans. He defended me after the altercations."
The Egypt international winger added that he's looking forward to the FIFA Club World Cup next year, with the Red Devils, Bayern Munich, Auckland City and Al Duhail four of the seven teams now qualified.
"During my time at Al Ain, I got the silver medal at the Club World Cup and wasted a one-on-one chance against Real Madrid. This time I want to win it with Al Ahly," he concluded.
El Shahat has scored eight goals and registered six assists in 34 games during the 2019/20 season that will continue on Tuesday evening as Ahly take on Al Ittihad in the Egyptian Cup semi-final.