Chechnya calls ‘nonsense’ CNN report on Salah’s plans to quit team after meeting with Kadyrov

Chechnya calls ‘nonsense’ CNN report on Salah’s plans to quit team after meeting with Kadyrov
Photo: Moskva Govorit

Previously, CNN, referring to a source close to the athlete, has told that Mo Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian national team after the 2018 World Cup. The edition called one of the reasons for this decision the influence of Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Minister for National Policy, External Relations, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov, who is the official speaker on the situation with the Egyptian national team stay on the territory of the republic, stated this in an interview with Moskva Govorit.

"This is not true; this is nonsense. He, our favorite player, is as fine as a fiddle. He could not make such statements. CNN claims about Mo Salah referring to an unknown source close to Liverpool violates his rights. I believe that CNN grossly violated the rights of the famous football player. CNN slanders and puts Mo Salah who expects to play with the FC Akhmat soon, in an awkward spot. I'm sure that if Mo Salah reads this CNN claim, he will regret that CNN indulges such statements."

Previously, CNN, referring to a source close to the athlete, has told that Mo Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian national team after the 2018 World Cup. One of the reasons is the influence of Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov. According to CNN, Mo Salah feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya, as he believes that his image was used to advance the political agenda, and he does not want to be drawn into stories not related to football.

Subsequently, Kadyrov met with Salah and made him an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic.

Egypt's final World Cup game is against Saudi Arabia on Monday. Having lost their other two games, Egypt is unable to qualify for the tournament's knockout stages.

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