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Egyptian soccer club to sell player after controversial political gesture

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    Egyptian Al Ahly club player Ahmed Abdul Zaher, kneels after winning South Africa's Orlando Pirates, at the Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Egypt's Al Ahly retained its African Champions League title by beating South Africa's Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Sunday, with the match being played amid heavy security and preceded by clashes between fans and police outside the stadium in Cairo. (AP Photo/Osama Abdel Naby) (The Associated Press)

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    Egyptian Al Ahly club team players pose for a photograph after winning South Africa's Orlando Pirates, at the Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Egypt's Al Ahly retained its African Champions League title by beating South Africa's Orlando Pirates 2-0 on Sunday, with the match being played amid heavy security and preceded by clashes between fans and police outside the stadium in Cairo. (AP Photo/Osama Abdel Naby) (The Associated Press)

A championship Egyptian soccer team plans to sell a player who used a four-fingered gesture linked to supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Al Ahly has already suspended Ahmed Abdul Zaher. The player made the gesture after scoring in Sunday's 2-0 win over South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the African Champions League final second leg in Cairo.

The club said Tuesday it will put the striker up for sale and will not take him to next month's FIFA Club World Cup.

In a statement, Al Ahly said Abdul Zaher acknowledged making a mistake. It added that the club's decisions are based on its practice of "refusing to mix between politics and sports" and observing FIFA rules.