Image rights dispute had a bad influence on Salah during the World Cup – Emam


Two years after Mohamed Salah had a rather disappointing and below par World Cup, former Egyptian Football Association (EFA) member Hazem Emam has revealed that the star’s poor showing at the global showpiece was due to a dispute over image rights.

Media reports in Egypt stated that Salah, who became a national hero by guiding ‘The Pharaohs’ to their first Word Cup in 27 years had a quarrel in public with former EFA president Hany Abou-Rida about the usage of the Liverpool attacking midfielder’s image on the team’s plane without the player’s permission.

Salah had a disagreement with the former president of the federation, Hany Abou-Rida,” Emam said as quoted by

“We should have asked Salah before using his image on the national team’s aeroplane before the World Cup, that was the beginning of the whole problem,” – Emam. 

The difference of opinion with Abou-Rida affected Salah’s World Cup performances and to make matters worse, the star player had travelled to Russia carrying a shoulder injury he sustained during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, that’s according to Emam.

“This disagreement had a bad influence on Salah during the World Cup. As a result. he did not celebrate his goals,” added Emam.

Egypt finished bottom of their group in the World Cup after failing to win any of their matches with Salah netting two goals in two games.

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