Zamalek Duo Hazem Emam And Alaa Ali Banned After Wednesday Chaos

Zamalek and Police players clashed after their 1-1 draw.

Egyptian FA has banned Zamalek duo Hazem Emam and Alaa Ali for eight and three games respectively for the role they played in the chaos that punctuated Wednesday's league game against Police Union.

Diminutive wing-back Emam, back in the Zamalek fold after some disciplinary problems, failed to display a calm demeanour in his first match after being reprieved by coach Hossam Hassan.

He came on as a second-half substitute in Zamalek's 1-1 draw at home to Police but was red-carded by referee Tawfik Al-Sayed with two minutes remaining before the end of regular time.

Al-Sayed initially booked him for protesting against one of his decisions but the latter retaliated, stealing the card from the official's grasp and throwing it away.

He consequently received his marching orders before bursting into tears while on his way off the pitch.

"Emam will be suspended for eight matches and fined EGP 8,000 for trying to physically abuse the referee," the EFA said in a statement on their official website.

Playmaker Ali was seen running after a Police technical staff member after the game.

"Ali will be suspended for three matches and fined EGP 3,000 for assaulting one of Police's coaching staff members," the EFA added.

Both players will miss Zamalek's Cairo derby against arch-rivals and league leaders Ahli on April 16.

Zamalek were also fined EGP 50,000 after their fans threw stones and bottles onto the pitch, prompting Al-Sayed to stop the match for around 15 minutes.

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