Out – then in
It was supposed to be the World Cup of his dreams.
Mo Salah scored a penalty that saw 100 million Egyptians elevate him to hero status for getting them to Russia 2018, but after a nightmare Champions League final injury and doubts over his fitness when it came to the national team this summer, Salah’s World Cup has gone from bad to worse.
Over the last couple of days, there have even been rumours the player could retire from international duty after feeling manipulated by the Egyptian FA and government – and photos circulating of Salah with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov have caused a huge amount of uproar, with the issue of football and politics mixing once again rearing its head.
Must Read on the background surrounding Salah, Egypt FA, and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
— Tim Watson (@truthsayer_au) June 23, 2018
There were even rumblings pre-World Cup that Salah and his camp weren’t happy with the Egyptian federation, and tweets from his agent, Salah and the football federation made headlines.
Now, people are claiming he’s being used as a political pawn, and has simply had enough. Others are claiming there’s no issue and he’s dedicated to his country – but after being left out of their line-up for their final group stage game, and then included minutes after, the plot has thickened.
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Like Ronaldo in 98….
Salah left out of the original Egypt line-up
But now he’s in!!!
This is fishy https://t.co/2XM006G3NM
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) June 25, 2018
Egypt tweeting their team without & then with Salah was clearly not accidental.
The politicians & administrators are manipulating everything.
Mo was looking forward to this World Cup so much but with the injury & the politics I bet he can’t wait to return back to LFC.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) June 25, 2018
The top trending hashtag in Egypt is #انا_مع_صلاح (I’m with Salah). The tweets are heartbreaking as Egyptians tell @MoSalah the hope he gives them, why Egypt needs him, and yet they understand his plight (as it’s repeatedly said to him): “It’s dangerous to be loved in Egypt.” https://t.co/oOEFK62En3
— Amro Ali (@_amroali) June 24, 2018
Why no salah https://t.co/vwJjYR74Io
— Ephraim Mk Soko (@mk_ephraim) June 25, 2018
Salah has gone from quitting, to starting dead pointless games in less than a day. ALmOsT lIKE No ONE knOwS AnytHInG mY MAtEs https://t.co/yPn884QkAu
— Sam. (@SamAIex) June 25, 2018
Egypt benched Salah then changed the lineup?
— Ak (@IcebergAk) June 25, 2018
— Tom Wardman (@twardman7) June 25, 2018
Salah plays for Egypt
— Ellis (@ETDesigns_) June 25, 2018
Mo Salah in and out of starting lineup like Ronaldo ’98
— TheyCallMeMrMiyagi (@NoIdentityFound) June 25, 2018
Mo Salah, his Egypt future up in the air, not in the original lineup for today’s clash with Saudi Arabia. Minutes later, he is included. Interesting. pic.twitter.com/RBOeUkwMXY
— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) June 25, 2018
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 25, 2018