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    Accusation of the head of the judicial committee in Egypt of homosexual relations and the demand for urgent intervention

    A major crisis arose in Egypt in the last hours after the departure of the Englishman Mark Clattenburg, head of the Egyptian Football Association’s chief refereeing committee, from his position in Jabalia.

    Clattenburg’s departure came at a time when the Egyptian club Zamalek were under a string of defeats and under immense pressure from the Egyptian club’s supporters and club president Mortada Mansour on the referees, as the British newspaper The Sun wrote in an article entitled “Mark Clattenburg was forced to flee from Egypt after he was subjected to horrendous abuse because the president of the club claimed that the referee was in a same-sex relationship.”

    The newspaper added: “The Englishman is in charge of the judiciary committee in Egypt and he has been heavily criticized and personally attacked by Mortada Mansour, head of the Zamalek Sports Club.

    And she continued, “Mansoor criticized Clattenburg’s role and incorrectly stated that the previous judge left his wife to start a same-sex relationship.”

    And she continued: “Klattenburg, 47, decided to leave Egypt, fearing for his safety, after being threatened by Zamalek supporters.”

    The newspaper concluded: “Klattenberg had not been paid for two months and was earning around £32,000 a month.”

    Prominent Egyptian jurist Khaled Abu Bakr demanded urgent intervention from the prime minister and parliamentarians on the matter, noting that the case posed a great danger to Egypt’s international reputation in sports.

    The Egyptian Football Association released an official statement saying England’s Mark Clattenburg, head of the refereeing committee, resigned on Tuesday evening.

    Today, Wednesday, the board of directors of the Egyptian Football Association will hold an emergency meeting to decide on the resignation of Clattenburg.

    The Board of Directors also confirms its confidence in the Referee Committee, which will continue its work as usual under the leadership of Mohamed Farouk, Deputy Chairman of the Committee.

    Source: RT

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