Fans hold a sign subsidizing Mohamed Salah before Egypt’s match against Saudi Arabia at the Volgograd Arena. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/ AP
” I asked for more protection for all players , not only for me ,” Salah said.” We had many aberrations 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 tremendously favourite in Egypt for propelling the football team to their first World Cup finals virtually 30 years. But in April he fell down with the EFA after it use an unauthorised image of him next to a competitive patron on the team’s airliner, which Salah labelled” a major insult “.
Tensions flared again when the Egyptian team arrived at their World cup finals grooming base in Chechnya. The region’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been heavily criticised for human rights abuses, including mistreatment of LGBTQ beings. Salah was photographed at an tricky 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 vexing the players.” The team’s abide is not required to turn into a village wedding ceremony. Chagrin on you! We are scandalized !” said one neighbourhood football expert.
The dispute prolonged after the tournament, when Salah alleged the EFA of rejecting a letter of requirements from his lawyer.” Do you not have time to respond to us ?!” he tweeted.
Magdy Abdelghani, an EFA official, told a local television channel “hes not” be talking about Salah since the World cup finals because his” WhatsApp number changes all the time “.