Liverpool demand Mohamed Salah not used by Qatar for propaganda purposes at FIFA CWC

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah reacts during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 12 October 2019

Liverpool demand Mohamed Salah not used by Qatar for propaganda purposes at FIFA CWC

  • Egyptian media describing latest dispute between Salah and country’s FA as “crisis”
  • Not first time Egyptian superstar has been embroiled in political storm

LONDON: Liverpool have sought assurances from Qatar that Mohamed Salah’s appearance at the Club World Cup tournament in the country will not be used for “propaganda purposes.”
The Premier League club feared Qatar would use Salah’s selection for the Merseyside club would be utilized by the regime in Doha, following Egypt and Gulf allies cutting off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017.
Liverpool’s concerns were lessened after being told that Mohamed Salah would be “treated in the exact same way” as his teammates.
As Champions League winners, Liverpool will play against other continental champion clubs in December to be crowned club champions of the world.
It is not the first time the Egyptian superstar has been embroiled in a political storm.
In September, Salah clashed with Egyptian FA after it was revealed the organization had not voted in the FIFA Best awards. It followed another saga involving the country’s authorities and Salah over his image rights.
Egyptian media are describing the latest dispute between Salah and his country’s FA as a “crisis,” with many in the country fearful of the talisman severing all ties and refusing to play for Egypt in the future.


Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

Updated 12 December 2019

Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

  • About 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Cricket Stadium
  • Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Bad weather spoiled the second day of Pakistan’s first home cricket test in more than 10 years as only 17.5 overs could be bowled against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Resuming on 202-5, Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off at 3:30 p.m. local time due to bad light. Niroshan Dickwella on 33 was the only wicket to fall.
Only about 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium.
“I came to the stadium at around 9:30 a.m., but I am so disappointed that I could watch less than 20 overs,” said Siddique Ahmed, a college student. “I wish tomorrow it’s a bright sunny day so that I can watch some exciting cricket.”
But the forecast for Friday is for more rain in this northern city.
Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva completed his sixth test half-century and Sri Lanka added 20 runs before rain arrived after only 35 minutes of play in the first session.
The 16-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah induced an edge off Dhananjaya in his third over of the morning, but the batsman was declared not out after video replays showed the ball kissed the grass before wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan caught it.
Dhananjaya completed his half-century off the next ball when he played an on drive off a full toss and ran for two runs before the rain came. Dhananjaya has hit eight fours and faced 104 balls.
Play resumed after a break of 2 hours, 43 minutes, and Pakistan finally got the breakthrough with the second new ball during 10 overs of play.
Left-handed Dickwella was neatly caught at gully off left arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, then the umpires stopped play due to bad light.
Dhananjaya was unbeaten on 72 off 131 balls with 11 boundaries, and Dilruwan Perera was 2 not out.
Young fast bowlers Afridi (2-47) and Shah (2-75) bowled with some lively pace under favorable conditions, especially with the second new ball.