Egypt puts former African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Aboutrika on terror list

Egypt puts former footballer Mohamed Aboutrika on terror list

Mohamed Aboutrika

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The government of Egypt have put a former footballer onto its terror list. 

Mohamed Aboutrika - retired since 2013 - has been accused of providing financial support to a group Egypt considers to be a terrorist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood. 

In 2012, he formally endorsed the presidential bid by Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted after only one year in power.

The former player, who was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year in 2008, faces a travel ban as well as having his passport and assets frozen.

He has made it clear through his lawyer the decision will be appealed, who said the decision was "contrary to the law" and that Aboutrika hadn't been "convicted or notified of any of the charges."