Liverpool refuse to release Mohamed Salah for Egypt's World Cup qualifiers


The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has confirmed that Mohamed Salah will not play in the country's upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after Liverpool refused to release him for the matches. 

With the European Club Association (ECA) having specific travel regulations around the COVID-19 pandemic, Salah will not be released to compete for his country because of the compulsory requirement to self-isolate for 10 days after his return to British shores due to Egypt's current red list status.

The ECA's red travel list includes Egypt, Argentina and Brazil, among other countries. 

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It was initially reported that the EFA would take the matter to FIFA, but the Egyptian organisation has since released a statement explaining that Salah will not be taking part in the Pharaohs' upcoming matches, and that Liverpool had apologised for the situation.

"The Egyptian Football Association continues its continuous contacts with the International Football Association regarding facilitating the task of international players joining their national teams to participate in the World Cup qualifiers, which requires exempting them from travel restrictions imposed on them in the countries in which they play due to the Corona pandemic, so that they can join their national teams," the statement on the EFA's official website read.

"The Egyptian Football Association had received a letter from Liverpool FC apologising for the inability of its player, Mohamed Salah, to join the national team in its next camp, which includes facing Angola in Cairo and Gabon in Franceville during the first and second rounds of the African continent's qualifiers for the World Cup. 

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"The English club's letter referred to the precautionary measures applied in England to confront the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the world, which puts returnees from some countries in compulsory health isolation for a period of ten days upon their return to England. 

"In this letter, the English club also expressed its hope that the Egyptian Federation would understand that it was forced to do so, in the face of the player being subjected to a quarantine for this period and being affected by this physically, as well as the uncertainty of the conditions of the place of the stone determined by the English authorities. 

"It is reported that Liverpool FC took the same position with a number of its foreign players."

It is understood that the Reds will take a similar line of action regarding the Brazil players in their squad who were called up for national team duty in the next international break.

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