Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

Kadyrov even announced Salah as an honorary citizen of Chechnya, holding a celebratory event for him and his Egypt team-mates.

A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter has confirmed this to be correct to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his worldwide future.

But as he struggled for fitness a picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov became a major talking point at the World Cup.

CNN in the USA reports that the 25-year-old is considering quitting the Egyptian national team, due to "unhappiness" with how the FA have used him for political purposes.

"It is a deserved honour", Kadyrov wrote on social media, adding that Salah's presence had ignited "unprecedented interest in football" in the region.

CNN first reported that Salah is contemplating quitting the Egyptian National Team because he feels that he's been treated like a political pawn in Chechnya; site of the Pharaohs World Cup training base.

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The Egyptian FA later on Sunday tried to play down the reports, insisting Salah was still happy, saying: "Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong". Given the vocal Tweets from his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, it's at the very least clear that all is not well in the Salah camp.

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.

Salah was embroiled in a personal image rights debacle with the Egyptian FA before the tournament in Russian Federation began and is apparently considering retiring from global football.

The World Cup is all about watching the best of the best.

The forward is Egypt's star player although he missed their opening World Cup game against Uruguay due to a shoulder problem picked up against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

But his worldwide future will now be under consideration as a result of the events in Chechnya during the tournament.

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