EFA spokesman: Salah hasn’t informed Egyptian Federation of any decisions to retire
CNN reported that a close source to Salah claimed that the Egyptian was “considering quitting the Egyptian national team due to his unhappiness over what has happened in Chechnya.”
The Egyptian national team has used Chechnya as a training base and a controversial picture of Mohamed Salah with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was taken before the World Cup, before Kadyrov awarded the Liverpool forward with an honorary citizenship.
The Chechen leader, wrote on Twitter, “Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic! That’s right! I gave Mohamed Salah a copy of the order and a pin at a celebratory dinner that I gave in honor of the Egyptian team.”
Not only did this cause a storm on social media from Rights groups and Western governments, who claim that the Chechen leader is known to repress political opponents, persecute sexual minorities and discriminate against women, but it also angered Salah who, according to the CNN source, “feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya. The Liverpool star doesn’t wish to engage in topics beyond football or to be used for anyone’s political image.”
On the other hand, EFA spokesman, Osama Ismail played down the CNN report stating, “Salah hasn’t informed the Egyptian delegation of anything CNN had talked about. No comments should be taken from Salah except what is written on his official Twitter account.”
He added, “We spend the whole day together and he has never discussed this issue with any of the delegation’s members. We are here in a sports event and we are following FIFA procedures, we don’t discuss politics, and if there is any political discussion, it should be directed to FIFA.”
This is not the first time Salah has fallen out with the EFA. as before the World Cup, the winger and his agent were involved in a dispute with the EFA over an image rights issue.
Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup early as they lost both of their matches in Group A to Uruguay and Russia.
The final round of the group will take place on Monday, June 25, and will see Egypt face Saudi Arabia for the third place, while Uruguay and Russia will battle out for the top spot
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