Mohamed Salah will not leave the World Cup
early despite Egypt’s elimination from the
competition with one group game remaining, the
country’s Football Association has said.
Salah returned from an injury suffered in the
Champions League final to feature in the 3-1
defeat against Russia on Tuesday, a result that
ended their participation in the tournament and
led to reports that he could be released before
the final group game against Saudi Arabia on
However, Egyptian FA president Hany Abo Rida
said Salah would not be leaving early in order to
recover from his injury.
“I have no idea about Liverpool,” he said. “But
we have our captain Mohamed Salah and, under
the rules, FIFA requires him to be inside his
camp and requires him to stay with his team.
“He is happy to mingle with his teammates and
he was shocked by what the press has written
about him and denied it all on social media.
“We’re all perplexed by what has been published
and have no idea where it came from.”
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Salah also tweeted a message to the same
effect, in which he said: “Everyone in Egypt is
together and there is absolutely no disagreement
between us. We respect each other and the
relationship is great.”
Meanwhile, Egypt will protest to FIFA about the
performance of Paraguay referee Enrique
Caceres, whose decisions they feel prejudiced
the outcome of their game against Russia.
“We want an investigation into the performance
of the whole refereeing team,” Rida told Reuters
He said Egypt felt fullback Ahmed Fathi had
been pushed in the process of attempting to
clear the ball and steering it into his own goal to
give Russia the lead.
He also felt there was a legitimate penalty
appeal in the 78th minute when striker Marwan
Mohsen appeared to be bundled over by
defender Ilya Kutepov with Egypt 3-1 down.
“The referee should have used VAR [the Video
Assistant Referee system] to check and award
the penalty,” he said. “They should have also
seen that Fathi had been pushed.
“It is our right to complain and ask for an
Egypt play their final Group A game against
Saudi Arabia, also out of the competition, on
Information from Reuters was used in this report.