Swiss after El-Hadary

A club spokesman for Swiss Super League club FC Sion claimed that Egyptian national team goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary had signed a four-year contract with the club on February 14.

A club spokesman for Swiss Super League club FC Sion claimed that Egyptian national team goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary had signed a four-year contract with the club on February 14.

But FC Sion admitted that the goalkeeper is still an Al-Ahly player and that they hope to reach an agreement with the Egyptian giants to sign him.

But Al-Ahly have written to Fifa and to the Swiss Football Federation in a bid to block El-Hadary's attempts to join FC Sion. They are demanding that football's world governing body protect their rights.

The goalkeeper is under contract with Al-Ahly until 2010.

El-Hadary believes he is entitled to move under Fifa article 17, which permits players who are over the age of 28 and have been with a club for two years to buy out the remainder of their contract.

The Egypt goalkeeper is not expected to stay in Switzerland for long. He will be using his stay there to put himself in the shop window for a bigger European club.

Al-Ahly board member Khaled Mortagy said they will not let El-Hadary leave. The five-time African club champions had already rejected a $400 000 offer from the Swiss Super League side after El-Hadary's thrilling exploits at the recent Africa Cup of Nations. - BBC

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