Fans hold a sign reinforcing Mohamed Salah before Egypt’s match against Saudi Arabia at the Volgograd Arena. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/ AP
” I asked for more insurance for all players , is not merely for me ,” Salah said.” We had many commotions at the team’s camp during our participation at the World Cup in Russia. I couldn’t go to the restaurant twice as they told me you won’t be able to go there for your own safety due to the crowd inside the hotel .”. Salah added that he was frequently disturbed by guests coming to his room and wanting to talk.
Salah is enormously popular in Egypt for propelling the football team to their first World cup finals finals nearly 30 years. But in April he fell out with the EFA after it employed an unauthorised image of him next to a rival patron on the team’s airliner, which Salah labelled” a major insult “.
Tensions flared again when the Egyptian crew arrived at their World Cup prepare base in Chechnya. The region’s captain, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been heavily criticized by human rights abuses, including abuse of LGBTQ people. Salah was photographed at an awkward meeting with Kadyrov, where he was awarded honorary Chechen citizenship.
The arrival of a personality delegating at the team’s training ground to celebrate their success was criticised for potentially ruffling the players.” The team’s abide must not turn into village representatives wedding ceremony. Disgrace on you! We are scandalized !” said one local football expert.
The dispute prolonged after the tournament, when Salah alleged the EFA of neglecting a letter of challenges from his advocate.” Do you not have time to respond to us ?!” he tweeted.
Magdy Abdelghani, an EFA official, told a local television station he had not “ve been talking to” Salah since the World Cup because his” WhatsApp number changes all the time “.