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Aboutrika warned

Aboutrika warned
By Reuters

27/01/2008 at 20:21Updated

Egypt's Mohamed Aboutrika has been warned by the Confederation of African Football for displaying a slogan in support of Gaza at the African Nations Cup finals in Ghana.

Aboutrika lifted his strip to reveal a tee-shirt with the slogan 'Sympathy with Gaza' as he celebrated scoring in the 3-0 win over Sudan in Friday's Group C match in Kumasi.

The midfielder was booked for his actions. CAF officials said Aboutrika had been warned after the incident for breaching regulations by displaying political slogans.

Aboutrika's action came on the same day as clashes between Palestinian residents, seeking to break the blockade of Gaza, and Egyptian police.

The player's actions, however, had no political significance, Egypt assistant coach Shawky Gharib claimed in Kumasi.

"He told me that that the way he celebrated scoring was completely personal with no political significance and will not repeat that in the coming matches," Gharib said.

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