Egypt reject Salah retirement rumours

Salah scored a penalty in Egypt's 3-1 World Cup defeat by Russia

Salah scored a penalty in Egypt's 3-1 World Cup defeat by Russia

Salah received an injury in that game and subsequently missed Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay, which the Pharaohs lost 1-0 in the last minute.

Neither Salah nor his agent commented on the report, which went viral in the football-mad country.

Kadyrov, a highly controversial leader, made Salah an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic.

This precedes an event where the Egyptian team was hosted by Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, where the Liverpool striker was accorded honorary citizenship of Chechen.

A furious Mohamed Salah is considering global retirement after a disastrous World Cup for Egypt.

Egypt denied a CNN report that Salah was contemplating global retirement "due to his unhappiness over what has happened in Chechnya".

Salah had not responded publicly to the criticism while the team was based in Grozny, the Chechen capital.

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Egyptian Football Association president Hany Abo Rida earlier denied media reports Liverpool had put pressure on them to leave out Salah, who scored 44 goals for the English Premier League club last season.

Kadyrov has been accused of a litany of human rights abuses, particularly against gay citizens.

Most felt the defeat wasn't Salah's fault...

Now, in the wake of the Russian Federation defeat, the Liverpool star has come in for fierce criticism for his association with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. I didn't invite Mo Salah or the Egyptian team.

Reports recently emerged suggesting Salah was on the brink of exiting the worldwide set-up following the backlash received after he had his picture taken with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov. He posted "sorry but this is a major insult" on Twitter after they used his image in an advert for telecommunications company WE in April; Salah is sponsored by rival brand Vodafone.

"He has not discussed this issue with any of the delegation's members".

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