Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Egyptian FA to defuse Mohamed Salah row

Liverpool and Egypt's Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has written to Fifa to explain the missing votes for the Best Fifa Men's Player award.

The EFA says that Shawky Gharib,Pharaohs' acting coach and its captain, Ahmed Elmohamady, voted for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah but were not counted.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah removed 'Egypt' from his Twitter profile after the awards ceremony

His profile now simply reads: "Footballer for Liverpool FC."

He also posted a Tweet which translates as: "Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed."

Barcelona's Lionel Messi won the Best Fifa Men's Player award on Monday night.

In 2018, Salah came third in the men's award and also took the Puskas Award for goal of the season.

Each nation produce three voters: the national team coach, the national team captain and a media representative for the award ceremony

The EFA say that both Gharib and Elmohamady had Salah as their first choices in their votes.while its media representative Hany Danial picked Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Salah accordingly

It is not the only time that Salah has been upset with the EFA, last year there was a row over his image rights that made him threaten to quit the national team.

BBC Sport

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