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Egyptian footballer sacked for criticizing president

Egyptian midfielder Ahmed El-Merghany has been sacked by his club Wadi Degla after publically criticizing president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi,

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Egyptian midfielder Ahmed el-Merghany has been sacked by his club Wadi Degla on Friday after publically criticizing president Abdelfattah el-Sisi, reported Al Ahram Online.

The sacking came after el-Merghany showed his frustration towards Sisi after Wednesday’s terrorist attack which left 17 army personnel dead.

"Wadi Degla want to confirm its respect for freedom of speech, but at the same time the club totally refuses seeing any one of its staff expressing his political views in public," a statement by Wadi Degla club said.

"The club previously rebuked its former coach Hisham Zakaria for criticising the Muslim Brotherhood through media as we are against mixing politics with sports," the club added.

"I met with club executive director who talked to me politely and told me that I had made a mistake and that my relationship with the club had ceased," the 27-year old footballer told a TV program on Friday.

The midfielder accused the Egyptian president of being the main cause behind the recent North Sinai attacks, calling him a "failure".

Wadi Degla currently lie in eighth place in the Egyptian league table with 50 points, 27 behind leaders Zamalek