Legendary Egyptian footballer Mohamed Aboutrika has been added to the country’s terror list, his lawyer has revealed.
According to his lawyer, the reason for the move is Aboutrika’s suspected links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The Botherhood is considered a terrorist organization in the North African country, and Aboutrika has been accused of financing them.
Aboutrika, a 4-time winner of the Africa Best Player award, had a number of assets seized last year in a crackdown on the Brotherhood by the Egyptian government.
His public endorsement of Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi’s presidential bid in 2012 was his first public connection to the group. Morsi’s bid had been successful, but he had lasted only one year in power.
When you’re added to the terror list in Egypt, your passport and assets are monitored and might be seized or frozen.
Aboutrika has denied all the allegations, and his lawyer has promised that they plan to appeal the decision.