LONDON (Reuters) – Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah suffered racist abuse after missing a crucial penalty in Egypt’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Senegal, it has been claimed.
The Egyptian Football Association has accused Senegalese fans of discriminatory behavior towards the Liverpool superstar and his teammates.
Salah and his teammates also got lasers in their eyes during the match.
Senegal qualified for the 2022 World Cup on penalties with fellow Liverpool player Sadio Mane scoring the vital goal, but FIFA have been criticized for allowing the match to go ahead.
Salah, a prolific goalscorer, kicked the ball over the bar after dozens of lasers targeted his eyes as he prepared to shoot.
Since the end of the decisive game, the Egyptian FA have issued a statement alleging that Senegalese fans have targeted its players – in particular Salah – by throwing bottles and stones at them during the warm-up.
He alleged that the Senegalese had targeted the team bus as it approached the stadium with the windows smashed after objects were thrown.
The EFA posted a photo on its Instagram account which it claimed was of a fan holding an offensive sign aimed at Salah.
He said he filed a formal complaint against his counterpart.
“The Egyptian group’s buses have also been exposed to attacks that have resulted in glass breakage and injuries; filed with photos and videos as evidence in the filed complaint,” the association said.