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23 Nov 2009 11:32:40

Zaki cites Israeli and Algerian presence at Portsmouth as reason for shun

Former Wigan striker Amr Zaki has sparked controversy after ruling out a move to Portsmouth on race grounds, saying he did not want to work alongside Israelis or Algerians. Zaki was believed to be a target for Portsmouth when the transfer window reopens with club shareholder Sulaiman Al-Fahim expressing an interest in bringing the Egyptian to Fratton Park. However, Zaki has revealed he has no interest in moving to Portsmouth as he is unwilling to link up with Israeli duo Avram Grant and Tal Ben Haim as well as Algerian Nadir Belhadj. No thanks: Zaki doesn't fancy a return to England with Portsmouth There is bad blood between Egyptians and Algerians following last week's controversial World Cup clashes between the two countries, when Egyptian fans attacked the Algeria team bus in Cairo and further trouble forced the authorities to switch their sudden-death play-off three days later to Sudan, while some Arab Muslims do not see eye-to-eye with Israelis. Speaking on his personal website, Zaki claims a switch from Zamalek to Pompey is no longer an option because of the fact Grant, Ben Haim and Belhadj are all at the club 'I refused their offer before, but now joining Portsmouth is no longer an option for me,' Zaki said. 'After Portsmouth signed an Israeli player and also hired an Israeli football director (Avram Grant), a possible move was ruled out. 'On top of that, no way could I play at Portsmouth with an Algerian within their ranks. 'After the match between Egypt and Algeria, and what happened on the pitch with Algerian players, it would be a dishonour to play alongside any Algerian.'  Play it again! As the football world turns on cheat Thierry Henry, furious Irish demand World Cup rematchGallas has a ticket to ride: Irish fans are quick to forgive French star on EurostarALL THE PORTSMOUTH FC


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