Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row

Mo Salah

The goal meant Egypt led a World Cup for the first time in its history and the advantage was preserved when Essam El Hadary saved Fahad Al Muwallad's penalty shortly before the end of the first half.

Human rights groups criticized Salah earlier this month for a photo-op with Chechnya's strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who is accused of human rights violations and rules over the region with an iron fist.

The match in Volgograd came one day after Salah apparently told Egyptian team officials and teammates that he may retire from global play in protest against being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Grozny, the capital of the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya.

Last season Salah became an global star - ranked alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. - due to his goalscoring feats for Liverpool, who he helped reach the Champions League final.

"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic!"

Another Egyptian man, 38-year-old actor Maher Isam, died last week after suffering a stroke while watching the World Cup match between Uruguay and Egypt. "That's right!" the Chechen leader wrote in a social media post.

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On Monday, CNN referring to a source close to the Liverpool forward, reported that the 26-year-old "considered quitting Egypt national team due to his unhappiness over what had happened in Chechnya", where the team was based in Russian Federation.

The Egyptian soccer federation maintains that Salah has not complained.

"I know it is hard for them, like us".

"We are here in a sports event and we are following Federation Internationale de Football Association procedures, we don't discuss politics, and if there is any political discussion, it should be directed to Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Meanwhile, Salah has apologised to Egypt's fans after their elimination from the World Cup. Having lost their other two games, Egypt is unable to qualify for the tournament's knockout stages.

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