CAIRO: Zamalek will file an appeal with the Egyptian FA to have the bans on duo Hazem Emam and Alaa Ali reduced, the club said early on Friday.
Wing-back Emam was hit with an eight-match ban for stealing a yellow card from the referee s grasp and throwing it away before being sent off in Zamalek s 1-1 league draw with Police Union on Wednesday.
Playmaker Ali was suspended for three matches after cameras caught him chasing Police assistant coach Mohamed Ibrahim after the end of the ill-tempered match.
We will appeal against the decisions to ban Ali and Emam within the next two days, Zamalek spokesman Sabri Serag said on the club s official website.
The club believes that those bans were excessive, given the heated atmosphere of the game.
The EFA should also take into account the young age of the players, who lack experience.
The club wants the eight-match ban on Emam and the three-match ban on Ali reduced.
Emam, a talented player who is often criticized for some childish acts on and off the pitch, accused the EFA of favoring Zamalek s arch-rivals Ahli, who are close to winning a sixth successive league title.
Ali also hit out at the Samir Zaher-led association, saying that his suspension is “totally unfair.