Egypt’s goalkeeper denies slapping teammate

Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary reacts after loosing 2-1 to Cameroon in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has denied slapping Wadi Degla team-mate Khaled Walid but could be forced out of the club after the incident. “I did not slap him,” El Hadary said. “I grabbed him by the shirt and threw a jersey in his face.”

The 44-year-old, who became the oldest player at an Africa Cup of Nations last month, was left out of the Cairo club’s 1-0 defeat by Al Ahly on Thursday.

Wadi Degla president Maged Samy has suggested he will transfer El Hadary. Samy wrote on his Facebook page: “Available for transfer to the MLS (the US Major League Soccer) or Scandinavian leagues – veteran 44-years able to play two more years at top level.”

El Hadary said he later received a call from Samy, who told him that he could resume training after Thursday’s game, but did not dismiss the possibility of a transfer.

The veteran goalkeeper narrowly failed to add fifth Nations Cup title to his collection in February as Egypt were beaten 2-1 in the final by Cameroon.

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