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.


Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

Updated 24 January 2020

Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

  • The race, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort

RIYADH: The Saudi Cycling Federation on Thursday revealed the full route for next month’s inaugural Saudi Tour event in Riyadh.

The 755 kilometer race, which is split into five daily stages, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort. Along the way, the competitors will pass many Riyadh landmarks, including Sadus Castle, Wadi Namar Park and Al-Bujairi historical district.

Eighteen teams from 13 countries will compete, and the riders include Mark Cavendish from the UK, Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra.

Subah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, said he is delighted that the Kingdom is hosting a major Union Cycliste Internationale cycling event for the first time.

“I am so proud that the Saudi Cycling Federation is able to see one of its dreams realized with this event, and to have Saudi Arabia recognized as an important station in the international biking scene,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Saudi athletes to rub shoulders with international bikers, and to see what they have achieved and learn from their experiences.”

The Saudi Tour will be broadcast worldwide by 25 TV networks, six of whom will also live stream the event.

Three other events will take place on the sidelines of the main race: a public bike ride from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 6, a junior race on the same day from 1 p.m. to 2.40 p.m., and a women’s ride from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

You can find more details of the event and broadcast schedules, and track the teams and their race times, at www.thesauditour.com.