Egypt 'keeper El-Hadary Recieves Four-Month Ban

Hosam El-AkerContributor IJune 2, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03:  Essma El-Hadary of Egypt in action during the International Friendly match between England and Egypt at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Egyptian national team goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary was handed a four-month ban Tuesday for making an illegal transfer from Cairo giants Ahly to Swiss club Sion in 2008.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says the penalty will take affect starting next season, which begins in August. El-Hadary will also not be able to feature in international matches while banned, which means he's slated to miss Egypt's 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifers against Seirra Leone on September 5, and away to Niger on October 10. The 37-year-old currently plays his club football for Egyptian outfit Ismaily.

The CAS also hit Sion with an $800,000 fine, and banned the club from bringing in any new transfers for the next two international signing periods. Sion and El-Hadary are deemed to owe Ahly a total of $796,500.

El-Hadary said on his official website that he plans to take the case to a Swiss civil court with the hope of getting the sanction annulled.

"I am not worried about the punishment and I only concentrate on the Egyptian Cup," he added.

Ismaily face Haras Hodoud in the Egyptian Cup semifinals on Thursday.

El-Hadary first debuted for Egypt in the late 1990s, and has been a mainstay for the team in its run of three successive Africa Cup of Nations titles (2006, 2008, 2010). El-Hadary was also a reserve for the 1998 team that won the continent's top international prize in Burkina Faso.

El-Hadary captivated the football world with a series of scintillating saves in the Pharaohs' historic 1-0 upset win over world champions Italy at last summer's FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

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