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'Salah Must Be Blamed For What He Did, But They Are Scared Of Him!'

Former Egypt international Mido has called out the Egyptian FA for fearing Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, whom he believes made a huge mistake in attending his brother's wedding days before testing positive for the coronavirus.

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The Liverpool forward tested positive for COVID-19 last week Friday, not long after attending his brother's wedding in his home country of Egypt.

While the 28-year-old has been forced to miss important international matches for the Pharaohs as a result, Salah could also miss a few upcoming fixtures for the Reds, adding to the long list of Liverpool players who are currently available to play.

Mido, who made 45 appearances for Egypt, believes the Egyptian FA have embarrassed themselves with how they have handled the situation, insisting that Salah needs to be blamed for putting his teammates in danger.

"I know I may be under attack after my next comments, but it has to be that way," he told Al-Nahar TV.

"Mohamed Salah made a big mistake by attending his brother's wedding a few days before the Egyptian national team match, he showed great negligence with the steps taken to prevent the coronavirus, and the result was that he was infected.

"The neglect of Mohamed Salah caused the Egyptian team to lose an important player in a very important match and time, and he also risked the health of his teammates.

"He should not have been present at his brother's wedding, especially at that time. The wedding included more than 800 people, and half of them accepted to embrace and kiss Salah.

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"The other point here is the silence of all those responsible for the player's negligence, which confirms the fact that the player is still bigger than the national team and this will lead to a great failure.

"When I missed the 2006 African Nations Cup, I was punished by missing the final and being excluded from the national team for six months. The final we lost, I was young and I think I am older than the team, but I confirm now that no one is bigger than the team, and if someone thinks this, this will be a great failure.

"Officials in Egypt did not direct any word of blame or reproach to Mohamed Salah and the harm caused by his negligence to the Egyptian team, and I name each of the Minister of Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Chairman of the EFA Amr Al-Ganayni, the coach of the national team Hossam Al-Badri, and the national team director Mohamed Barakat, all are cowards and fear Mohamed Salah fans who love the Liverpool star, but here I am speaking without calculations or fear of anyone, and what is being said should be said to me.

"No one can say that Salah did not make a mistake by going to his brother's wedding at that difficult time and in light of the corona crisis, all the English newspapers speak against us negatively. Salah should have been blamed for what he did, but everyone feels fear."

Egypt beat Togo 1-0 in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations this past weekend, and will play the Togolese once again on Tuesday evening.

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