Mido gives the perfect reply to racist chants
Egyptian footballer Ahmed Hossam (Mido), the Middlesbrough forward was subjected to unsavoury reacist chants during a stormy hard-fought derby between Middlesbrough and Newcastle United a few weeks ago. Mido has defended his actions in confronting the Newcastle United fans who singled him out for racist abuse.
Mido labelled as drunkards those among the 3,000 supporters who risked tarnishing Newcastle’s reputation with voicing offensive chant.
“I just think it’s ridiculous,” the forward, signed for £6 million from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, said. “Maybe some of them were drunk or something,” he added.
In fact, the chants were too vociferous and sustained to be ignored. “I heard it, it was very clear and I understood what they were saying,” Mido said. Middlesbrough have no plans to make an official complaint, but a club spokesman confirmed that the FA will not tolerate any instances of anti-Islamic chanting.
Police and stewards were mobilised in front of Newcastle supporters as they were approached by Mido with his finger to his lips in a shushing gesture, before he was ushered away by his Middlesbrough teammates. “The chants made me want to score more goals,” Mido said. “I was delighted to score and I wanted another.”
The supporters of Newcastle United could be banned from watching coming matches of their team as the English Football Association launched an investigation into the incident. Officials at the FA began studying audio and video footage of the game. Sources said that racist chants directed at Mido from visiting Newcastle supporters were “clearly audible” and it is understood that the FA will contact Cleveland police today and ask for their cooperation in identifying those involved before making them the subject of banning orders.

Egypt held by Burundi
The African Nations Cup title holder Egypt failed to secure its qualification for the 2008 finals in Ghana, having been held to a 0-0 draw with Burundi in their Group Two.
With the final games in the group being played in mid October, Burundi and Botswana are two points behind Egypt which is still on the head of the group with nine points. A home win over Botswana will secure Egypt a berth in the finals next year.
Egypt won the African Nations Cup for a record fifth time last year on its home turf, having defeated Ivory Coast in the final match after a shoot-out.

 

Middlesbrough signs Shawqi
The English Premiership club Middlesbrough signed Egypt midfielder Mohamed Shawky from African champions Ahli for 650,000 sterling pounds last month. Shawky, 25, agreed on a three-year contract after impressing manager Gareth Southgate during a trial session.
He will link up with compatriot Mido, who recently moved to Middlesbrough from Tottenham.
Shawki was on bad terms with Ahli’s Portuguese head coach Mauel Jose who gave the green light to the club’s board to sell him off. Jose described Shawqi as a “rotten apple that might spoil other ones.”
Meanwhile, Ahli managed to sign Egyptian international Ahmed Fathi from Sheffield United on a four-year deal for £675.000 starting from January. Fathi played for Ismaili before he was sold to the second-division English club.

Three Footballers Pass Away In a Couple of Weeks
In the course of a fortnight three footballers passed away during matches, a matter that rocked the football world. First, Clive Clarke, Leicester skipper, suffered a heart attack in the dressing room at half-time and lost consciousness while playing a game in the English Carling Cup last month. Paramedics had to restart his heart before rushing him to hospital, although the signs are that he is on the road to recovery.
Walsall apprentice Anton Reid, Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta and Zambian striker Chaswe Nsofwa have also given up the ghost within 10 days last month after collapsing on football pitches.
Deaths among footballers are not uncommon. Last year, on 31 August Egypt was inflicted by such an ordeal. Ahli’s bright midfielder Mohamed Abdel-Wahab’s death at the age of 23 during training shocked the nation. A young, promising and healthy young man, his death was all of a sudden.

Kaka the richest footballer in Italy
AC Milan playmaker Kaka is the highest paid player in the Italian Serie A with an annual salary of £4million, according to a research made by Gazzetta dello Sport. The Brazilian superstar has surpassed Roma ace Francesco Totti, who makes £3.7million a year and tops the list of Italian players.
Italy’s outstanding goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon follows Totti with a £3.4million annual salary, as Inter trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira and Adriano are all level with the Juve guardian.
The top ten list includes the names of Inter’s new recruits Christian Chivu and David Suazo, in addition to Milan’s Brazilian midfielder Emerson.
The Milan rivals also hold the record for the highest annual wage bills, as the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri spend about £80million and £74million respectively on player’s wages.
Cagliari are the team with the least wage budget, paying £7.5million, which means that top duo Kaka and Totti are collectively earning more than the total salaries of all Cagliari players combined together.

Standings

Team
P
Home
Away
W
L
D
GF
GA
Pts
1
Petrojet
5
3
2
4
1
0
10
5
12
2
Ahli
5
2
3
3
0
2
8
5
11
3
Ismaili
5
3
2
3
1
1
9
3
10
4
Al-Gaish
4
2
2
3
0
1
5
2
10
5
Zamalek
5
3
2
3
2
0
5
3
9
6
Aluminum
5
2
3
2
1
2
6
7
8
7
Tersana
5
3
2
2
2
1
10
9
7
8
Ghazl Mahalla
4
2
2
2
1
1
7
6
7
9
ENPPI
5
2
3
2
2
1
9
9
7
10
Telecom Egypt
5
3
2
2
3
0
5
7
6
11
Arab Contractors
4
2
2
1
1
2
5
5
5
12
Masri
4
2
2
1
2
1
5
5
4
13
Baladeya
5
2
3
1
4
0
7
13
3
14
Harras Al Hodoud
5
3
2
0
3
2
5
8
2
15
Suez Cement
5
2
3
0
3
2
3
7
2
16
Ittihad
5
2
3
0
3
2
2
7
2
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