Egypt FA suspends Al Ahly’s Ahmed Abdul-Zaher

The 28-year-old striker will not take part in the FA’s competitions for a period of one year following his four-finger gesture during a match

The Egypt Football Association have imposed a one-year suspension on Al Ahly striker Ahmed Abdul-Zaher for a controversial four-finger gesture he displayed during the 2013 Caf Champions League return leg final against South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.

Zaher raised four fingers to celebrate his goal in his side’s 3-1 aggregate win over the Buccaneers.  

The four-finger salute was initiated by supporters of the ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, but Zaher, in his apology, said he wanted to pay homage to a close friend who was killed during the protests.

The 28-year-old striker will not participate in competitions organised by the body within a period of one year.

Al Ahly earlier announced a series of punishments on the player including his dropping from the Fifa Club World Cup squad and placing on a transfer list for January.

The new African champions and the Egypt FA say the sign is political and against their regulations.