Fears Salah could miss World Cup over dispute with Egyptian FA

Posted May 01, 2018

Salah will discover in the next 24 hours if he faces a violent conduct charge, which would bring with it an automatic three-game ban, ruling him out of the rest of the domestic campaign and the first game of next term. Mindful of what happened to Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, the Reds are determined to avoid the departure of another star name and so negotiations will shortly begin to tie down Salah to a lucrative long-term deal.

Harry Kane is the only man who can haul in the Egyptian in the race for Golden boot, five behind Salah but with four games left to play.

Egypt's Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abd Elaziz has been trying to resolve the dispute, talking to all concerned parties.

The Liverpool star, who has scored 43 goals in his debut season at Anfield, is said to be insulted over the fact that his image has been used on a national team plane without his consent.

This is problematic for Salah because he already has a sponsorship deal with telecommunications company Vodafone, while the Egypt national side are sponsored by their rivals WE.

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Officials at Egypt's football association did not respond to repeated phone calls requesting comment.

The club are confident of Salah being happy to sign - the forward has showed no signs of wanting to leave the club once the season has ended - and Salah is expected to sign his new deal before the World Cup gets underway in June.

He said they have been waiting on the Egyptian officials to contact them or give a soothing response as to why they did what they did and how they intend going about a resolution but have heard nothing from them until then.

Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, with Salah scoring a last-gasp penalty in a 2-1 qualifying victory over Republic of Congo last October.

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