Al-Ahly legendary captain Hossam Ghaly to retire from football next month

Egypt’s Al-Ahly Club captain Hossam Ghaly has decided to officially retire from football. (Al Ahly's Official Website)
Updated 11 April 2018
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Al-Ahly legendary captain Hossam Ghaly to retire from football next month

CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Ahly Club captain Hossam Ghaly has decided to officially retire from the sport in May, the club’s football director has said.

Despite attempts to persuade him away from the decision, Ghaly is certain he wants to retire by the end of this season.

Al-Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told a radio station on Wednesday the board respects his decision and wishes him the best of luck.

The 36-year-old is one of the most gifted Egyptian midfielders of all time, known for his neat distribution of the ball and skilful moves.

Ghaly returned to Al-Ahly last January after ending his contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr Club.

He reportedly chose to retire after a major match set to take place in the UAE between Al-Ahly and another European team on May 11.


Platini released from custody after police questioning

Updated 19 June 2019
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Platini released from custody after police questioning

  • French authorities haven’t announced any charges against Platini
  • The authorities also questioned a sport adviser from the previous French president’s administration

PARIS: Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
His communication team said that Platini’s detention ended at 12:30 a.m. local time.
Platini had denied any wrongdoing and French authorities did not announce any charges against the former France and Juventus player.
“It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,” Platini said after his release. “They asked me questions about the 2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, the Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA.”
Also questioned Tuesday were Sophie Dion, a sports adviser in former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration, and Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy.
Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games.
Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14 to 8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup
As head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent’s top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar.
French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships.

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