Having been forced out of White Hart Lane after Tottenham fans booed him out the club, Hossam Ghaly has moved quickly to make himself unpopular in his new host country, Saudi Arabia.
Playing for Al Nasr against Al Hilal in the Crown Prince Cup on Monday, Ghaly sparked a ruckus when he recklessly kneed Saudi centre-half Osama Hawsawi full-on in the back in a lame attempt to try and win a header.
For his part, Hawsawi seemed to experience a sharp pain only after he had absorbed the initial impact of the fall and having swung out a flailing leg towards Ghaly.
The two were quickly separated by surrounding players, with Ghaly seen showing little compassion or care for his fallen opponent as he stood upright, chest puffed out, and with his arms intimating a “you want some” gesture right in the face of several angry Al Hilal players.
According to the local rumour-mill Ghaly might be handed a four match ban for his troubles, with added claims that he spat at Hawsawi spreading like wildfire. However such allegations appear to have little basis according to the video evidence, as TV replays showed nothing of the sort.
Bad-boy Ghaly however remains unrepentant. Speaking to Saudi newspaper Al-Ektesadia Ghaly defended his bahviour saying “I didn’t mean to hurt him, and I don’t think the challenge was too tough.”
Hossam Ghaly’s flithy challenge on Hawsawi can be seen here.