Mohamed Salah retirement claim is a 'big lie', says Egypt FA member

Jo Caldwell
June 25, 2018

As Salah looked to regain fitness and shrug off the shoulder injury suffered against Real Madrid in the Champions League final ahead of the tournament, he was pictured walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Sources in his homeland say that Salah, whose heroics helped Egypt qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, is furious about how he's been used for political gain during the tournament in Russian Federation.

At the 2018 World Cup, we've already seen the likes of Morocco and Saudi Arabia go out with a whimper after losing their opening games without scoring a single goal, and history is filled with examples of low-ranked nations enduring similarly awful World Cup campaigns.

After his prolific scoring helped Liverpool to a Champions League final, Salah was equally instrumental in guiding Egypt to this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Salah is claimed to be assessing his future, following what has turned into something of a debacle at Egypt's training base in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.

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

"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic!"

The Chechnya leader is a controversial figure at home and overseas, having been accused of human rights abuses and the murder of homosexuals in his homeland.

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Salah was honoured during a banquet held to bid farewell to the Egypt squad held at Kadyrov's presidential palace in Grozny on Friday night. The Chechen leader posed for pictures with Salah while pinning a medal on his chest.

Vodafone has a sponsorship deal with Salah, but his image was plastered on Egypt's World Cup plane which was sponsored by WE, a rival telecommunications company.

"We utterly condemn the acceptance by Mo Salah of any honour from Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya". In an interview with BBC, he said: "Everyone has played here, even Maradona at our stadium, but we don't use this kind of thing for politics".

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