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Egyptian soccer legend Mohamed Aboutrika placed in own country’s ‘terror’ watch list

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Mohamed Aboutrika was known as one of Egypt’s most popular players. He is now known for being in his country’s “terror watch list.”  Aboutrika allegedly contributed money to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is alleged to be a terrorist organization.

Due to being one of the best players, Aboutrika won the “African Footballer of the Year” award four times in his career. For players based in Africa, he was the best in region in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013. He retired from professional soccer in 2013.

Aboutrika is monitored and in the country’s “no fly” watch list being on the “terror watch” list. Officials claim that the African footballer helped finance the Muslim Brotherhood. The player had denied the allegations already and their camp said they would make an appeal to the decision. Meanwhile, he is currently working as a commentator for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Mohamed Aboutrika to appeal the decision

“We will appeal this decision,” Lawyer Mohamad Osman stated via BBC.com about the terror watch decision on his client. “[The decision is] contrary to the law. Mohamed Aboutrika has not been convicted or formally notified of any of the charges against him.”

Especially relevant, Aboutrika endorsed the presidential bid of Mohamed Morsi, who is a Muslim Brotherhood member, in 2012. Morsi won that presidential election. He was forced out of the government after mass protests in the country. As a result, Morsi spent one year as president before getting the boot.

Meanwhile, Aboutrika is reportedly still not in his own country. It’s not known if he has plans returning to Egypt.

“I would also like to make it clear that the case so far has not gone beyond the investigations phase. Even the head of the [investigating] committee, Ezzat Khamis made media statements saying there are no official charges yet.” Aboutrika said to The Guardian.

Success for Egyptian football

Mohamed Aboutrika, 38 years old, is from Giza, Egypt and played attacking midfield/forward. Previously, he has represented the Egyptian soccer national team from 2001 to 2013. He has 100 caps and has produced 38 goals for Egypt in international competitions.

Furthermore, in the club scene, he has played for Tersana from 1997 to 2003 and Al Ahly from 2004 to 2013 and was on loan to Baniyas Club in 2013. Mohamed Aboutrika helped Egypt to two Africa Cup of Nations title in his career.

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