Liverpool star Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt national team

by Steven Clarke June 25, 2018, 15:11
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt national team

They take on Saudi Arabia on Monday, amid suggestions that the 25-year-old could be about to pull out of the national side.

With his team crashing out of the World Cup with two defeats in two games, news emerged that Salah was granted honorary citizenship of Chechnya by controversial strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

In 2017 it was claimed that Chechnya launched an anti-gay campaign that led to authorities rounding up dozens of men suspected of being homosexual.

Rights groups and Western governments allege that authorities in Chechnya repress their political opponents, discriminate against women and persecute sexual minorities, all allegations that Chechnya's leaders deny.

Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering quitting the Egypt national team because of his involvement with Chechnya during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

If Salah were to quit the national team, it would be a major embarrassment to the federation and the government, which made a decision to base the team in Grozny.

Mane revealed that he is still in touch with Salah after the player managed to come back from his injury, saying the Egyptian is very strong. "I gave Mohamed Salah a copy of the order and a pin at a celebratory dinner that I gave in honour of the Egyptian team".

Mo Salah leaving the pitch in the game against Russian Federation.

Salah is also unhappy that he's been dragged into issues beyond football and there is considerable friction with the Egypt FA, who had been locked in an image rights row with his representatives before the tournament.

Salah, who is also expected to face Saudi Arabia in Egypt's final Group A game, netted 34 goals in 58 global appearances.

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CNN has reported that Salah is uncomfortable with the image that has been projected during Egypt's time in Grozny, with the former Roma player unwilling to be used as a political pawn.

Whether Salah ever plays for Egypt again will now be under consideration as a result of the events in Chechnya during the tournament.

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