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Mo Salah is planning to appeal the decision by Liverpool to not release him to play in the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan.

 

Salah was certain to be named as one of three over age players for Egypt for the games which begin on the 22nd of July but Liverpool have blocked him from taking part.

 

The reluctance of the club to let their superstar go is clear as the sporting showcase concludes on the 7th of August which is just one week before the new Premier League season begins.

 

With the possibility of Salah having to self-quarantine on his return to England, it could be a few weeks into the season before he takes to the pitch with the Reds.

 

However the Mirror ( per Network ONTimeSport) report that the Egyptian Football Federation and Salah himself is not taking the decision lying down and Football president Ahmed Megahed spoke about the situation. 

 

“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult.

 

“Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.

 

“We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.

 

“In the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.

 

“We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way.”

 

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If this particular saga draws out, it gives Jurgen Klopp a headache he can do without on the eve of a new campaign.

 

Salah has been nothing but professional and a proven world class talent whenever he has taken to the pitch to play for the club, but away from it he has a knack of giving interviews which casts doubt on how long he will remain with Liverpool.

 

His current deal expires in 2023 meaning there is no pressing need for him to sign a new one at this stage.

 

Salah will be 31 in two years time, but he has a great durability over his Reds career and the club will take a number of factors into play.

 

The main one is in fact if the player wants to extend his stay, and plenty of things can change over a period of time.

 

For now let’s just hope this particular matter can be addressed as amicably as possible and Mo is in the starting line-up against Norwich.

 

 

 


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He's taking the fucking piss with this one. I don't give a fuck if he wants to play in the Olympics . He is already missing a month of the season. Now he wants no preseason and to miss the opening week at least. 

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16 minutes ago, Lee909 said:

He's taking the fucking piss with this one. I don't give a fuck if he wants to play in the Olympics . He is already missing a month of the season. Now he wants no preseason and to miss the opening week at least. 

Sounds more to me like the Egyptian Football Federation pushing for it - no quotes from Mo there at all.

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Time to dust off Gavin Williamson’s plans to invade Egypt….

 

Sounds like we need to send somebody to have a word with the aptly named Ahmed Megahed. 
 

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Wasn't there some story a few years ago about the Egyptians putting pressure on Mo by leaning on his family? 

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4 minutes ago, aws said:

Wasn't there some story a few years ago about the Egyptians putting pressure on Mo by leaning on his family? 

Yes. There were allegedly implied threats.

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Saw someone mention the other day, Olympic Football isnt a FIFA competition so clubs can refuse to release players called up by their nation.

 

Id be surprised if Jurgen and the club agreed to this unless they get a trade off for the international break that usually comes in late September.

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1 hour ago, dockers_strike said:

Saw someone mention the other day, Olympic Football isnt a FIFA competition so clubs can refuse to release players called up by their nation.

 

Id be surprised if Jurgen and the club agreed to this unless they get a trade off for the international break that usually comes in late September.

I thought we'd already made our position clear regarding call ups for the Olympics? Thought I read somewhere that we'd informed the necessary authorities that we would not be releasing any players for the Olympics?

 

I can understand why Mo would like to lead his country at the Olympics, as you can tell that he takes great pride in representing Egypt on the international stage and this will likely be the last time that he will have the opportunity to do so at the Olympic games.

 

Unfortunately for Mo, the Olympics and the African Cup of Nations fall in the same season, and with the continuing effects of the pandemic, there's no way the club will want to lose him to international tournaments twice in the year, especially when FIFA do not recognise the Olympics as an official competition.

 

If there was only Olympics taking place this season, then I reckon that the club would reluctantly agree to allow Mo to lead Egypt in Japan, especially if Mo himself made a personal request to be allowed to do so.

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4 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

Honestly, time has come just to put an end to all this. Take the choice away. The Olympics isn't the pinnacle for football, so play it and let the amateurs take part. It's complete fucking nonsense. 

It’d be a much more interesting competition as well.

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As O understand it Olympic football is an U23 tournament where you are allowed three older players in the squad. Football shouldn’t even be an Olympic sport. He’s going to AFCON. They can fuck off.

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23 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

Honestly, time has come just to put an end to all this. Take the choice away. The Olympics isn't the pinnacle for football, so play it and let the amateurs take part. It's complete fucking nonsense. 

 

18 minutes ago, Manny said:

It’d be a much more interesting competition as well.


This.

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3 hours ago, Bjornebye said:

Hard to stand in the way of the lad competing for an Olympic medal. I know we pay his wages but come on. 

Hearing he wants a crack at Wimbledon next year.

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I think he should be allowed to go but Klopp should at the same time get money (a lot of money) to sign someone that can play in his place while he's not available, be a good backup when he's here, then a replacement when he's left the club (which might not be too far off.)

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1 hour ago, TheHowieLama said:

The Olympics were ruined forever when guys like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson etc were allowed to play.

 

Downhill ever since.

All because the Soviets beat them in 88 games semi final. 

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