Mohamed Salah and Egypt play down quitting rumors after Chechnya problem

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       Ramzan Kadyrov's regime is under US-imposed sanctions

Egypt failed to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup after losing all three of their group-stage matches.

Kadyrov, a highly controversial leader, made Salah an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic. "Only what Salah writes on his Twitter account should be counted on", he said.

The Egyptian football team have been based in Grozny, the Russian republic's capital, during the World Cup, despite it being a long distance from their matches. I didn't invite Mo Salah or the Egyptian team.

Karimov said US and British media were reporting such false stories because they were unhappy that Russia's hosting of the World Cup and Chechnya's hosting of the Egyptian team had been a success.

Chechnya leader Kadyrov is backed by the Kremlin but is under sanctions imposed by the United States, who accuse him of contravening human rights.




Cuper chose not to risk Salah in the 1-0 defeat against Uruguay, a calculated gamble that backfired in a weak-looking Group A.

Salah has been criticised by sections of Liverpool's fanbase, who have accused their star striker of allowing himself to be used as a propaganda tool by Kadyrov. The Egyptian football media team was not immediately available for comment.

Reports recently emerged suggesting Salah was on the brink of exiting the global set-up following the backlash received after he had his picture taken with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The federation said in a later statement reported by the BBC: "Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong".

Salah's relationship with the EFA was strained leading up to the tournament with a sponsorship row taking focus away from preparations while he is reportedly disappointed at how he has been used for political gain by administrators.

But according to an email sent to CNN, the Egypt national team disputes Salah's frustrations and claims "he has never discussed this issue" with the team.

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