Blacklisted former Egyptian football star 'free to enter country'
Former Egyptian and al-Ahly star Mohammed Aboutrika could have returned to Egypt for his father's funeral without fear of arrest, an interior ministry spokesman claimed on Sunday.
Egypt's government had previously frozen the former footballer's assets after accusing him of financing the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo accuses of being a "terrorist organisation".
Speaking to Egyptian pro-government newspaper Youm7, General Tareq Atteya said that he had no orders to arrest the Aboutrika on his arrival in Egypt.
In 2015, a government committee froze the assets of the former player for Cairo-based club al-Ahly and Egypt's national team, two years after he retired.
The government accuses him of financing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was classified as a terrorist organisation at the end of 2013.
According to an anti-terror law imposed in 2015 by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, anyone on the country's terror list is subject to a travel ban, with their passport and assets liable to be frozen.
Aboutrika, one of the most successful African footballers of his generation, had publicly endorsed the presidential bid of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in 2012.