AFCON 2019: Fans call for Riyad Mahrez ban for snubbing Egyptian prime minister

AFCON 2019: Fans call for Riyad Mahrez ban for snubbing Egyptian prime minister

Riyad Mahrez could be banned from ever entering Egypt after snubbing Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy, in the closing ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 tournament.

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Mahrez received the trophy from CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in the presence of the FIFA president and Egyptian Prime Minister during the award ceremony.

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AFCON 2019: Riyad Mahrez could be banned for life from Egypt after reportedly snubbing Prime Minister

AFCON 2019: Riyad Mahrez could be banned for life from Egypt after reportedly snubbing Prime Minister
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Following the Desert Foxes' big win over Senegal in Cairo, the Manchester City winger shook hands with FIFA president Gianni Infantino before turning his back on the Egyptian PM and Sports minister.

A section of fans have raised the question on whether the snub was intentional or accidental though many are inclined to be believing the former.

According to Middle East Monitor, Egyptian lawyer Sami Sabri has asked Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadiq to put Mahrez on a list of people who are not allowed entry to Egypt.

Meanwhile, football fans have taken to social media to share their mixed reactions over the incident with a large number of fans seemingly supporting his stand against the Egyptian regime.

On another hand, some fans are of the view that Mahrez could have simply gotten carried away by his excitement to lift the cup and simply forgot to shake the Prime Minister's hand.

The replay however, shows a moment just after the Algerian skipper shakes Infantino's hand, were he glances at the Prime Minister before turning away, that looks quite intended.

Also on the list of people banned from Egypt — and possibly why Mahrez may have ignored Egyptian officials — is African football legend Mohamed Aboutrika.

Aboutrika helped his country win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008, and is widely considered Egypts greatest ever player with stars like Mohamed Salah looking up to him as a mentor.

The Egyptian footballer landed in trouble with authorities after a video circulated in which he announced his support for Mohamed Morsi in the 2012 presidential elections.

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Following public stand, Aboutrika's name was placed on a terror list of people accused of allegedly financing the Muslim Brotherhood and now lives in exile in Qatar.

Algerians chanted Aboutrika's name and waved banners as they showed support for the former Al Ahly player throughout the tournament, and more so after winning Nigeria in the semis.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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