Egypt on Salah early WC departure
Posted: 22 June 2018 Time: 11:00
Egypt have officially responded to reports that suggested Mohamed Salah has asked to leave the FIFA World Cup before their final Group A fixture against Saudi Arabia.
Salah was expected to star for Egypt in their first appearance at the global showpiece since 1990.
However, his World Cup debut ended in a 3-1 defeat to hosts Russia, which effectively ended their hopes of progressing from Group A.
Since then, media reports have suggested that the PFA Player of the Year has requested to return to Liverpool - in order to complete his recovery from his shoulder injury that kept him out of their opening defeat to Uruguay.
"I have no idea about Liverpool," said the president of Egypt's FA, Hany Abo Rida. "But we have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules FIFA requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team.
"I do not know what Liverpool meant, but he did not ask his club any questions.
"He is happy to mingle with his teammates and he was shocked by what the press has written about him and denied it all on social media.
"We're all perplexed by what has been published and have no idea where it came from."