Press Syndicate lodges legal complaint against Zamalek FC head
Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan along with members of the Athletes Executive Office and a number of journalists, conducted a march Saturday to the office of Attorney General Hisham Barakat to protest comments made by the head of the Zamalek Football Club at a press conference last week the syndicate said were slanderous, Youm7 reported.

Last week, the syndicate decided to ban any specific use of the Zamalek FC head’s name or photos, saying the decision came after he insulted sports journalists and barred a number of them from working inside the club. The Cairo Post’s parent Youm7 newspaper has agreed to the ban.

Youm7 added that inside the Supreme Court, a number of the FC head’s supporters were organizing another demonstration.  The Zamalek head supporters, however, were stopped by security outside the court for trying to conduct a demonstration without permission.

When the syndicate march arrived at the attorney general’s office at the Supreme Court, security dispersed the Zamalek FC head’s supporters to avoid any possible clashes, and only Rashwan was allowed to enter the court to bring a legal complaint against the Zamalek head to Barakat.

“The syndicate calls on blocking the Zamalek Club president’s name or picture from newspapers and boycotting press conferences or TV programs that include him,” Rashwan said in a press statement last week.

“Violators of this decision will be subject to disciplinary action,” the statement signed by Press Syndicate Secretary-General Karem Mahmoud read.

The statement Saturday continued: “The Zamalek club head used to insult anyone who disagreed with him, especially journalists and syndicate members without considering that there is a law that can stop him.”

“We are demanding the Zamalek head be referred to a quick trial, due to his breach of the law,” the statement concluded, according to Youm7.

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