Zamalek stirs controversy by re-hanging ‘Real Club of the Century’ billboard

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Egyptian side Zamalek SC on Sunday rehung another billboard at the club’s headquarters in Giza district, Egypt, announcing the club as the ‘Real Club of the 20th Century,’ just four days after initially removing another billboard that had a Confederation of African Football (CAF) logo on it.

Last week, the five-time African champions fired up fresh controversy when they hung a billboard over their premises to declare themselves as the “real African club of the 20th century”, reiterating their claim over the matter.

The club was forced to take down the controversial billboard on Wednesday after being warned by the CAF, which went further to notify the club that there would be consequences if it refrained from removing the logo of the African governing body due to image rights.

“Please be reminded that the CAF… owns, on an exclusive basis, any and all of the rights related to the usage of its logo and visual identity,” the CAF stated in a letter it sent to Zamalek SC.

“The club has used and placed, without any prior authorization from the CAF, the CAF official logo on a banner within the club perimeters”.

“Consequently, the club is hereby summoned to immediately cease the abovementioned facts by removing the CAF logo from all banners… and to confirm to the CAF in a written reply, within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, its full consideration and respect of the above subparagraphs”.

“Failure to strictly comply with any of the requirements above will lead the CAF to take all necessary measures and actions against your club in order to safeguard the CAF’s rights and interests”.

Twenty years after Ahly were given the honorary prize by the African football governing body, Zamalek’s quirky chairman Mortada Mansour said his club would lodge a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to “regain their right”.

The message also features an implicit accusation that the CAF had unjustly honoured Ahly, another conspiracy theory long embraced by Zamalek’s loyal supporters.

Source: ahramonline


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