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The media learned about Salah’s desire to leave Egypt after visiting Chechnya. In the republic, this was called slander

The football team also denied rumors about the discontent of their main star.

Ramzan Kadyrov and Mohammed Salah. AFP photo
The Egyptian national team for the World Cup 2018 together with its main star Mohammed Salah is based in Grozny on the Akhmat Arena. Since the beginning of the championship Ramzan Kadyrov several times appeared in the team’s training sessions, got acquainted with football players, and also appropriated to Salah the title of honorary citizen of Chechnya. At the same time, the Egyptians lost both starting matches – Uruguay (0: 1) and Russia (1: 3).

June 25 CNN, citing sources close to Salah, said that the footballer is considering the possibility of leaving the national team. The Egyptian is allegedly dissatisfied with the reception of Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya, because of which his reputation in Europe has suffered. The star player allegedly does not want to be connected with political stories and is not happy that his picture in Grozny became “the main theme of the whole championship.”

Later CNN information was confirmed by AP sources, who specified that Salah is not happy to use himself as a “political symbol”. Another source from the football player’s environment noted that he did not know about the upcoming meeting with Kadyrov.

Mohammed did not know and did not plan to participate in any meetings with Ramzan Kadyrov. He woke up, he was asked to go downstairs to meet someone. This was not agreed with either him or his agent.

source from the environment of Mohammed Salah

However, after the meeting with Salakh, Kadyrov wrote the opposite: according to him, the football player was glad to meet with him.

Mohammad Salah thanked for the surprisingly warm and good reception, excellent attitude to the team, excellent living conditions and training.

Ramzan Kadyrov
head of Chechnya

The head of the information department of the Egyptian national team was the first to deny the information about the possible departure of Salah from the national team and asked to believe only the personal twitter of the football player. “Salah is at the training base and trains with his colleagues. He was present at all matches. He did not say anything to the leadership of the delegation, “he said.

Also said the head coach of Egypt, who spoke at the pre-match conference before the game with Saudi Arabia. He once again recalled the importance of football for the team and the country.

There is no doubt that Salah is very important for the national team of Egypt. He is no less important player for us than in the Premier League. Of course, he is a born striker. Salah can always contribute to victory.

Hector Cooper
head coach of Egypt

In Chechnya, they also reacted to information about Salah’s discontent. Minister for National Policy of the Republic Dzhambulat Umarov told the radio station “Says Moscow” that CNN information is “untruth and nonsense”, and he himself saw in what mood the football player was.

I believe that CNN grossly violated the rights of the famous football player. CNN slandered and put in an uncomfortable position Mohammad Salah, who is full of hope that as part of the Egyptian team he will play with the club “Akhmat”. I’m sure that if Salah read this note on CNN, he will regret that CNN allows this to itself.

Dzhambulat Umarov
Minister for National Policy of Chechnya
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