Zaki in Pompey racist slur
2009-11-22 - Added by
Egyptian striker Amr Zaki has poured cold water on a potential Premier League move to Portsmouth by insisting that he will not play alongside players of Israeli or Algerian descent.
Zaki’s comments come on the back of Egypt’s controversial World Cup Play-Off clash with Algeria which the Pharaoh’s lost 1-0 courtesy of Antar Yahia’s stupendous first-half volley.
The fall-out from the match has led to an acrimonious war of words between the two North African rivals, as well as clashes between opposing fans.
Zaki, currently at Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek, was on loan at Wigan Athletic last season, but despite starting well for The Latics, his off-field conduct meant that his time at the DW ended on a sour note.
Recently the man nicknamed the "Egyptian Gladiator" has been touted as a transfer target for struggling Portsmouth and UAE businessman and Pompey owner Sulaiman Al-Fahim has admitted that he would like to snap up the 26-year-old.
However, Zaki has revealed on his website that he will not be making the move to Fratton Park because he refuses to play alongside players or Algerian or Israeli descent.
"I refused their offer before, but now joining Portsmouth is no longer an option for me," Zaki said on his official website.
"After Portsmouth signed an Israeli player (Tal Ben Haim) and also hired an Israeli football director (Avram Grant), a possible move was ruled out.
"On top of that, no way could I play at Portsmouth with an Algerian (Nadir Belhadj) within in their ranks,” he added.
Zaki’s comments are sure to land him in hot water with FIFA, who may well perceive his comments as being openly racist.