Egyptian fans flood Fiorentina's Facebook page with Salah-linked posts

Hatem Maher , Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

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A snapshot of comments made by Egyptian fans on Fiorentina's Facebook page

Having forced English side Chelsea to create an Arabic Facebook page to stem a tide of Mohamed Salah-linked posts, Egyptian fans may soon force Italy's Fiorentina to follow suit after the Egyptian forward was signed on a six-month loan deal.

Salah’s loyal fanbase flooded the Italian club’s official Facebook page with posts about the 22-year-old during the past few days, leaving their comments on every single post, including one that celebrated the birthday of club legend and former Argentinean forward Gabriel Batistuta.

"Welcome to Mohamed Salah's Facebook page!" commented one Egyptian user, addressing Fiorentina's Italian supporters.

Many Italian fans vented their frustration after the page was filled with posts in Arabic, but sarcastic comments by Egyptian fans still dominate the page, which has more than 1 million likes after the arrival of Salah.

"You only won tonight because you signed Salah. You are a very lucky team," another user wrote in Arabic after Fiorentina defeated AS Roma 2-0 in the Italian Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

Last year Chelsea urged Egyptian fans to post their comments on the Arabic version of their page,but their pleas fell on deaf ears, prompting the Blues to hide specific posts from Egypt.

Several Egyptian fans gave the recipes for famous local dishes in their comments, calling on Fiorentina to cook Salah's favourite food.

Although Fiorentina warmly welcomed the arrival of Salah on their page, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to bear the flood of Egyptian comments on every single post.

Salah’s fans, however, remain upbeat. "We bring luck to any page we visit," wrote one Egyptian user.

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