Egypt's Mo Salah denies dressing-room problems after Russia defeat

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jun 2018,
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Mohamed Salah
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (Photo: AFP)

Egypt star Mohamed Salah denied on Wednesday reports of dressing-room problems in the wake of a painful 3-1 defeat by Russia which ended their brief World Cup campaign on Tuesday.

Local reports said skipper and goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary fell out with Egypt coach Hector Cuper before the match in Saint Petersburg after learning that he would start on the bench.

Rumours also swirled on Wednesday morning that Salah himself was furious at the Egyptian Football Association officials for allowing dozens of celebrities to visit the team hotel one day before the vital clash against Russia.

One report said the 26-year-old would leave the team's training camp in Grozny and skip the final Group A game against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

"Everyone in the Egyptian team is united and there is no disagreement at all between us. We respect each other and the relationship is at its best," Salah said on Twitter.

The Liverpool man played the full 90 minutes against Russia after missing the 1-0 opening defeat by Uruguay as Cuper opted not to rush him back into action after he recovered from a shoulder injury.

He looked not fully fit but still scored Egypt's solitary goal, converting a 73rd-minute penalty awarded with the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after Paraguayan official Enrique Caceres initially adjudged Salah to have fallen outside the area.

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