Mohamed Salah mulls quitting Egypt after Chechnya controversy

Ruben Holloway
June 25, 2018

A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter confirmed this stance to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his future with his national team.

Mohamed Salah is not considering retiring from global football, according to Egyptian FA board member Essam Abdel Fattah.

Mohamed Salah is considering retiring from Egypt duty following the controversy surrounding him posing for photographs with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Their journey in Russian Federation will come to an end against Saudi Arabia on Monday, with both sides eager to register their first points at the World Cup when they meet at the Volgograd Arena.

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The CNN report states that: "Salah feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya".

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.

Egypt's football association posted photos of the lavish banquet to Twitter, showing Salah seated next to the Chechen leader, while the rest of the Egyptian team were at other tables. I didn't invite Mo Salah or the Egyptian team.

In contrast to the reports, Egyptian FA board member Essam Abdel Fattah claims there is no truth to suggestions Salah is close to quitting. He is eating and laughing with his teammates.

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It also put host Russian Federation into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time . Uruguay was the only South American team to win its opening match in a tournament where upsets have been commonplace.


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Salah, who was forced to miss Egypt's opening defeat against Uruguay as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered in last month's Champions League final against Real Madrid, is still expected to play for Egypt in their Group A finale with Saudi Arabia on Monday before flying home and embarking on a summer break.

Prior to the tournament, Salah and his agent were involved in a dispute with the Egyptian FA over Salah's image rights.

Salah has played 58 times for Egypt since his debut in September 2011 and has scored 34 times, putting him fourth in their all-time top scorer list.

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