Mo Salah considering quitting Egyptian national team

Kristopher Nichols
June 26, 2018

And he's starting between the sticks for Egypt's final World Cup game against Saudi Arabia, overtaking Faryd Mondragon as the oldest player to play in the tournament.

Off the pitch matters have dogged Salah also.

Images of Salah and the controversial leader quickly circulated online before the World Cup began, with Kadyrov visibly grasping the hand of the Egypt star as a show of solidarity.

"When the player is with the national team, it is for us to decide", he told AFP before they left their training base in Grozny, in the once war-torn republic of Chechnya, to fly to Volgograd.

The Associated Press reported that Salah was angry about a team banquet hosted by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who used the dinner to grant Salah "honorary citizenship".

Reports in CNN on Sunday claimed the Liverpool forward was considering quitting the national team after the World Cup due to the recent involvement in a political row.

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Osama Ismail - a spokesman for the Egyptian football federation - has said that Salah has not commented on the situation.

"It would be very easy to carry out an [effective] investigation if the authorities wanted to", Milashina said, noting that investigators even failed to collect Global Positioning System location records of the mobile phones of people who alleged they had been detained, reported Human Rights Watch.

Chechnya leader Kadyrov is backed by the Kremlin but is under sanctions imposed by the United States, who accuse him of contravening human rights.

Salah missed the first game against Uruguay as he was nursing a shoulder injury suffered playing for Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid. He posted "sorry but this is a major insult" on Twitter after they used his image in an advert for telecommunications company WE in April; Salah is sponsored by rival brand Vodafone.

'We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions, ' the Egypt FA said in a statement.

"He has not discussed this issue with any of the delegation's members".

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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