Wednesday, June 03, 2009

El Hadary gets himself a ban

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has been banned from all football for four months for breaching his contract at former club Al-Ahly, but it cleared to play until next season.

FIFA announced the ban and said El Hadary and his current club FC Sion of Switzerland must pay 900,000 euro in compensation to the Egyptian side Al-Ahly.

World football body governing body's dispute panel also banned Sion, the Swiss Cup winners, from registering any new players until the end of the 2009-10 season for signing El Hadary last year.

The 36-year-old El Hadary is clear to play for Egypt in a World Cup qualifying match against Algeria on Sunday and in the June 14-28 Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa.

The ban then takes effect from the start of the next club season and will force him to miss three World Cup qualifiers.