Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah hailed a ‘hero’ after helping homeless man

Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah hailed a ‘hero’ after helping homeless man
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been hailed a “real life hero” after saving a homeless man from abuse and gifting him £100 ($129). (Pool via Reuters)
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Updated 08 October 2020

Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah hailed a ‘hero’ after helping homeless man

Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah hailed a ‘hero’ after helping homeless man
  • Salah confronted a group of men who were harassing homeless man

LONDON: Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah has been hailed a “real life hero” after saving a homeless man from abuse and gifting him £100 ($129).

CCTV footage from last month at a petrol station in Liverpool, near the Reds’ Anfield stadium, showed the striker stepping in to help David Craig as he was being targeted by a group of men, a report from the Sun newspaper said.

Salah, who had just helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Arsenal, calmed the situation by confronting and talking with the men, before withdrawing cash from an ATM machine to give to Craig.

The former laborer said the group of men had been harassing him and calling him names before Salah stepped in.

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“Mo was every bit as wonderful as he is for Liverpool on the pitch,” Craig said.

“He heard what a group of lads were saying to me, then turned to them and said, ‘That could be you in a few years,’ they were calling me names, asking why I was begging and telling me to get a job.

“I only knew I wasn’t hallucinating when Mo incredibly handed me £100. What a complete legend.”

Craig, 50, said Salah was a “real life hero” for his help and his gift.

Liverpool legend Salah has had a strong start to the Premier League campaign with five goals in his five games so far, including a brace in the champions’ shock 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday.

He is on international duty with Egypt this weekend before a crunch clash with Merseyside rivals and Premier League pacesetters Everton.


‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes

‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes
Updated 26 min 26 sec ago

‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes

‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes
  • Turkmenistan is set to hold qualifying events for tennis’ Davis Cup and will host the Track Cycling World Championships in October
  • The ex-Soviet nation is the first Central Asian country to approve the Russian vaccine Sputnik

The ex-Soviet nation is set to hold qualifying events for tennis’ Davis Cup and will host the Track Cycling World Championships in October

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan plans to vaccinate foreign athletes competing in the isolated Central Asian state, one of the few countries in the world yet to declare a coronavirus case, state media said Thursday.

The ex-Soviet nation is set to hold qualifying events for tennis’ Davis Cup and will host the Track Cycling World Championships in October.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was shown discussing preparations for the sports events with another official, in a broadcast on a state-owned sports channel.

The Turkmen leader said foreign athletes should be able to choose the vaccine they want to be inoculated with. “And we must provide this vaccination for free,” he added.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a government body that is financing the production of Russia’s Sputnik V jab, said Monday that Turkmenistan had become the first Central Asian country to approve Sputnik.

Berdymukhamedov has said the Turkmen government is in talks with other companies over importing their vaccines.

Foreign observers had earlier cast doubt on the country’s claim that it has no cases of the coronavirus.

The government imposed a strict lockdown after the World Health Organization, in a visit by a team of experts to the country last July, called on Turkmenistan to take steps “as if Covid-19 was circulating.”

In addition to ordering citizens to wear masks and nonessential businesses to shut, the authoritarian leadership has championed herbal remedies including wild rue and licorice root as weapons against the virus.