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Basel's Salah to stop celebrating goals because of Egypt's 'bloodshed'

The Egyptian winger says he won't celebrate any football victory due to recent deadly violence in Egypt

Karim Farouk, Thursday 22 Aug 2013
Junior Caicara, left, from PFC Ludogorets challenges Mohamed Salah from FC Basel during their UEFA Champions League play-offs first leg soccer match between PFC Ludogorets and FC Basel at Vassil Levski Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (Photo: AP)

Egyptian and FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah said on Thursday that he can't celebrate any football victory with all the turmoil striking Egypt.

"I won't celebrate any goal in any competition. The situation in Egypt makes me very sad," he told Egyptian soccer site Filgoal.

"There is nothing more important for me than the blood of my fellow countrymen. No matter how important the game would be I won't celebrate until it stops," he added.

Egypt has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. At least 1,000 people were killed during clashes.

The flamboyant forward produced a scintillating display on Wednesday night against Bulgarian side Ludogorets scoring twice and causing a penalty in his team's 4-2 away win.

However, the 21-year international player didn't show any sign of joy after this crushing victory that put the team on the brink of a place in the European Champions League group stage.

The Pharaohs forward described his performance against the Bulgarian side as "the best since joining FC Basel" and the media also highlighted his performance during the game.

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