Monday 14 October 2019

Mohamed Salah involved in fresh spat with the Egyptian FA as he posts cryptic Twitter message

Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his second goal at Anfield yesterday. Photo: Ben Stansall/Getty
Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his second goal at Anfield yesterday. Photo: Ben Stansall/Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Mohamed Salah's fractious relationship with the Egyptian FA has taken another turn after it emerged they failed to register two votes for their star man at the FIFA Best awards this week.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi won the prize ahead of Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, with Egypt Olympic team coach Shawky Ghareeb and national team captain Ahmed Elmohamady confirming they had nominated Salah for the top award.

Yet FIFA's list of votes confirmed Egypt's nominations were not included in the final analysis, with an administrative error being blamed by officials at the national association. 

The only vote registered from Egypt in the FIFA Best awards came from journalist Hany Danial and, as he voted for Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo, that may not have improved Salah's mood.

An image appeared on Salah's Twitter page on Tuesday evening with a message that appears to confirm he was more than a little bemused by the turn of events, with this incident adding to a lengthening list of spats with the Egyptian FA.

Salah was embroiled in a dispute over commercial rights earlier this year after expressing unhappiness at his image featuring prominently on the outside of the national team's aeroplane. 

There were also rumours that he was considering retirement from international football after the 2018 World Cup finals, as he felt he was not being protected by the country's football chiefs.

"We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions," read an Egyptian statement at the time.

"We spend the whole day together and he has never discussed this issue with any of the delegation's members. We are here in a sports event and we are following FIFA procedures, we don't discuss politics, and if there is any political discussion, it should be directed to FIFA." 

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