Mohamed Salah opens up as his issue with Egyptian FA continues
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has clarified the issues between him and the Egyptian Football Federation to the public after the domestic federation released a statement announcing their rejection of the player’s requests.
EFA had released an official statement to clarify the points they reached after their meeting today regarding Salah’s issue, including their refusal of the interference of a third party between them and the Reds star, their dejection from the tone used in Salah and his agent’s communication with the EFA president among others.
The 26-year-old’s Colombian-Lebanese lawyer Ramy Abbas accused the EFA of lying on Monday and took to Twitter to list the requests presented by him and Salah.
“I have filmed this video to respond to what has been going in the past few days. I don’t speak on my behalf only but on the behalf of all the Egyptian NT players, I know there is a captain and players who are older than me in the team but I have to reveal what is happening,” Salah said in a recorded video on his Facebook page.
“Misleading people and making it seem that it is a minor issue and related to Salah only is easy. I don’t have a personal problem but what I am asking for concerns all the players and they are things I witness outside Egypt and that are easily executed.”
“What my lawyer asked for, which is the presence of security men, is not for me only but for all the team members. In the last camp [in the World Cup] I had to sleep at 6:00 AM due to the big crowd that was in our residential hotel. I have no idea why they spoke about nationalism and my love to Egypt, everybody knows my love for the country and the sense of belonging I have towards it.”
“I am not asking for something more than the rest of players or to have security men accompanying me to training and I will never ask for that. Some are saying that I am being arrogant towards the national team being a Liverpool player, I have been here for a year why would I act with arrogance only now?”
“They [EFA] mentioned that Ramy Abbas’ tone in the sent letters was inappropriate, and they have leaked all the letters we exchanged to the press when it is illegitimate but they did after knowing that I will film this footage. You said everything in a press conference and tried to damage my image but I reckon the fans won’t believe you, they know how I perform on the pitch for the national team.”
“You insist on calling my lawyer a ‘third party’ but he is not, he represents me and speaks on my behalf just like any other player in the world who got an agent/lawyer. You don’t have to wrongly reiterate that he is a non-Egyptian and that he attempts to cause harm to me.”
“I finally wish the national team in the upcoming games and that we achieve positive results,” he concluded
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