Egypt respond to fears over Mohamed Salah’s safety after pitch invasion scare
- Egypt responds to safety concerns
- Salah had to be escorted off the pitch by military
- Egypt beat Sierra Leone 2-0
Liverpool star Salah was fortunate to escape unscathed after a group of intruders entered the pitch during Egypt’s World Cup qualifying game against Sierra Leone on Sunday. The Pharaohs won the clash 2-0 courtesy of Trezeguet’s brace. The security at the ground did not let the invaders come close to the superstar and Salah was later escorted off the field by the military.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
A day later, the Egyptian team management has finally responded and assured the superstar’s fans and his club Liverpool that the incident was nothing serious, and said the invaders were just passionate Premier League followers. They further claimed that most of the people in Sierra Leone are Liverpool or Arsenal fans, so for them to witness Salah and Mohamed Elneny in action at their home was a rare experience.
WHAT EGYPT’S MANAGEMENT SAID
Speaking to The Athletic, the team manager for the Egypt national team, Mohamed Ghoraba said: “The story of it being an assault is not there at all. Here, the people are very kind and they support Liverpool or Arsenal.
“For them, Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny are icons, so their presence in the country is something they wish to happen again. For them, that’s the only opportunity to have Salah playing in their ground, so it’s normal like any fan entering the pitch.”
WHAT NEXT FOR MOHAMED SALAH?
The Reds star is enjoying a rich vein of form in the ongoing season having scored 10 goals and provided four assists in 12 Premier League appearances. He is currently just three strikes behind Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland in the Golden Boot race. The 31-year-old will be next seen in action against the Cityzens in the league on Saturday