Officially… Zamalek is suffering a new severe setback

Zamalek Club received a notification from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) suspending registration for two transfer periods due to player Khaled Boutayeb’s dues.

Zamalek was subjected to a similar penalty last year because it failed to include any player during the summer, before it succeeded in removing the restriction by paying $2.5 million to Sporting Lisbon last January.

Once again, Zamalek enters a debt spiral, this time in an amount amounting to 2.4 million euros, which is the value of Boutayeb’s dues amounting to 1.9 million euros, with interest on the amount since the contract was terminated in 2020.

The former president of Zamalek, Mortada Mansour, was the one who unilaterally terminated the contract after Boutayeb refused to undergo knee surgery, so the player resorted to FIFA in order to obtain the rest of his financial dues.

Boutayeb’s case is not the only one on the FIFA table against Zamalek, as there are dues to former coach Jaime Pacheco, as well as Tunisian player Ferjani Sassi.