Football

Crisis at Galatasaray over Mostafa Mohamed

There are concerns at the Turkish club over the penalty the player is facing after being sent off against Ankaragücü.

Crisis at Galatasaray over Mostafa Mohamed
ADEM ALTAN AFP

Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray have officially requested the Referees committee at the Turkish Football Federation to cancel Mostafa Mohamed's red card and lift the ban the player is set to face after being shown a straight red card elbowing the rival's midfielder İbrahim Akdağ in his team's 2-1 defeat to Ankaragücü.

Mohamed is expected to face a two-game ban following the incident which puts his team in deep water as the coach has been completely counting on him as his No.1 striker since his arrival in the last transfer window.

Galatasaray president furious over decision

On the back of the incident, Galatasaray's president Mustafa Cengiz issued a statement hitting out at refereeing mistakes against his team that he deems planned, after a meeting he had with the president of the Turkish Football Federation.

"Refereeing mistakes against all teams of the league exist, but mistakes against Galatasaray are planned and organized. Some people want to cause chaos and we know how to fight them." The statement said.

Galatasaray to appeal the penalty

The Turkish club officially sent the Turkish football governing body an appeal on Thursday calling on them to revoke the player's red card as the penalty imposed on the player is set to be announced on Friday.

Mostafa Mohamed joined Galatasaray from Zamalek of Egypt on an 18-month loan deal, with the Turkish side intending to land the player permanently before 31 December. The 23-year-old striker has scored six goals since his arrival.