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Messi shoe donation stirs controversy in Egypt

Television presenters, a Member of Parliament and the Egyptian Football Association spokesman were outraged by Messi’s shoe donation, though they most likely aren't even being donated to Egypt

Eslam Omar , Monday 28 Mar 2016
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Argentine and Barcelona star Lionel Messi (L) during an interview with Egyptian presenter Mona El-Sharkawy (R) during her new program 'Yes, I am famous' aired on Saudi channel MBC MASR Saturday 26 March 2016
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Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi has caused widespread controversy in Egypt after donating his shoes to charity during a television interview.

The 28-year-old Barcelona star requested to put his shoes on auction and donate the revenue for charity in an interview for a new show called 'Yes, I am famous' broadcasted Saturday on Saudi channel MBC Masr, that mainly targets an Egyptian audience.

Taken as an insult, Messi’s gesture was heavily attacked by some Egyptian TV presenters and known guests.

 

Said Hasasin
Egyptian Parliament member Said Hasasin took off his shoes during his TV shoes and say he donate it to the Argentine in response to footballer Messi's donation, 27 March 2016

"We [Egyptians] have never been humiliated during our seven thousand years of civilisation… I will hit you with the shoes, Messi," said controversial parliament member and TV presenter Said Hasasin on Sunday during his evening talk show.

"This is my shoe, [he took off his shoe on air] I donate it to Argentina," Hasasin said.

The Egyptian Football Association spokesman Azmy Megahed echoed Hasasin saying "Our poor don't need him. Shoes work for him," during a phone call to Hasasin’s programme.

"I am confused, if he intends to humiliate us, then I say he better put these shoes on his head and on the heads of the people supporting him. We don't need his shoes and we don't need charity from Jewish or Israeli people. Give your shoes to your country, Argentina is full of poverty" Megahed angrily said.

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Egyptian coach and former striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
                    

On the other hand, some defended the gesture and Messi's intention, explaining that it's so kind of Messi to give away “the most precious thing he has.”

"The most precious thing the writer owns is his pen… and the most precious thing the footballer owns is his shoes. I hope we stop the false accusations," former Tottenham Hotspur and Egypt striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam tweeted.

Mona El-Sharkawy
Egyptian TV presenter Mona El-Sharkawy during her interview with Barcelona star Lionel Messi on 'Yes, I am Famous' program on MBC MASR

For her side, Messi's interviewer on the show Mona El-Sharkawy denied mentioning Egypt in the donation and insisted she only said charity.

"This is so false. It's a trend on our show that we take a souvenir from our guest and put it on auction for charity," Sharkawy stated in a phone call with another TV programme explaining the matter.

"I am surprised; I didn't say we will be giving it to charity in Egypt or any other place. I don't know why they said he is presenting it to Egypt. This was never said," she concluded.

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Gabriela
01-04-2016 01:18pm
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Messi's shoes
in the Ancient Egypt it was an honour to carry Pharaoh's sandals. a man was appointed for. shoes are protecting our feet. what a strange attitude to despise them. Messi has given what he had for the best. Regards
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Truthster
01-04-2016 07:38am
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Amazing Egypt
Don't we humans have more important issues and calamities and palgues and what else we have caused, offcourse by humans themselves and we talk about shoes. If only we see and understand facts, I am sure we can all find a better life instead of eating tamaya and foul from day to day. Opps! Now comes the onslaught......
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Omar
30-03-2016 03:39pm
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Stupid Egypt strikes agian.
No one f*cking said that the shoe's auction money was going to be given to Egypt.The Ignorant Egyptians have the restless habbit of assuming ;wether they are poor cab drivers or high ranked police officers. More importantly, they are also ignorant in that they don't realize that the shoe is the most valuable item Messi has and that its good of him to help. You dont deserve to be given Messi's shoes, you deserve to be given a beggar's shoe because thats what you deserve you descriminatory b*stards.
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Sam Enslow
28-03-2016 02:17pm
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Why people walk away from Egypt
Messi's offered donation of his shoes was not an insult to Egypt or Egyptians. It was an act of charity. Of course, Egypt found away to be insulted by 'the shoes.' Egypt always finds a way to be offended. It then wonders why people stay away as tourists, investors, aid workers. Never let Egypt work with its friends. Egypt doesn't play well with others, especially its friends. To top it all off, how many Egyptian teenagers would be more than a little happy to wear Messi's shoes during his next game? But it is against Egypt's nature to ever acknowledge a kindness. It enjoys being outraged.
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Dayz Ahat
30-03-2016 10:39pm
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Response to Sam Enslow
Being an egyptian, I am very dissapointed in the way that imbecile tv presenter acted. But why do you have to generalize and say that about the whole population? Just because one person thinks something stupid doesn't mean everyone thinks the same way. Why are you saying "never let egypt work with its friends" ? please tell me an example where Egypt was "offended" by anything. thank you.
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28-03-2016 08:48pm
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the 6 million dollar question
Dear Sarah, as I agree with you that it was a nice gesture for Messi to donate his shoes to charity and Egypt, I have to ask the six million dollar question if nobody else wants to ask it: Why did he donate 1 million dollars to Israel last year? Does this mean Israel is more valuable to him than Egypt? Please do not take my word for it. Please research and see for yourself.
Sarah amr
28-03-2016 08:26pm
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I disagree
Sorry i meant we appreciTe him and this kind gesture.
Sarah amr
28-03-2016 07:38pm
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I disagree
As an Egyptian what you said is confusing to say the least. Yesterday when i visited the pyramids there were hundreds of tourists from russians to americans. And if you feel that you need to stay away from Egypt then maybe that is what you should do. We welcome everyone to our country of civilization . A country that defeated muslim brotherhood terrorists and continues to do so . You can go to Europe but is Europe safe???from Paris to Belgium. Or the Uk?that has terrorists living and protesting in support of Terrorism? In Egypt terrorists are thrown in jail to rot there unlike the Uk for example. At last i would like to add that we are a population of 90 million Egyptians and i am sure millions of Egyptians understand what were Messi's intensions. It is just a cultural barrier and some people are narrow minded. A shoe might resemble disrespect in some cultures but coming from Messi we do understand it is an act of kindness that is very kind of him. We love messi and appreciate his
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