Mo Salah's agent delivers passionate defence from critics 'looking for fame'

Mohamed Salah has received a passionate defence from his agents from critics 'looking for fame'. The Liverpool forward has had some stick.

Things couldn't really have gone worse for Mohamed Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations. The forward picked up a hamstring injury in just the second group-stage game and will now likely miss the rest of the tournament.

Unless Egypt reach the final without him, that is.

But Salah made a surprise choice after his injury. He returned to Liverpool for treatment, meaning he's no longer with his national side. He'll rejoin them if he does get the chance to play another game, otherwise he's done.

That move has received some stick from certain corners. They're accusing Salah of showing a lack of commitment with his decision and that he's not as loyal to his national team as he lets on.

It's criticism that hasn't sat right with many, including Salah's agent. Ramy Abbas Issa took to social media on Thursday to passionately defend his client. Issa claims those criticising Salah are simply doing so for notoriety.

"The same individuals and ‘influencers’ who get weak in the knees when they happen to bump into Mohamed in person and beg for ‘follows’ or selfies, tried to capitalise on an unfortunate injury and questioned Mohamed’s commitment to his country," he wrote on X. "They did this looking for fame, clicks and ‘likes’.

"I want to thank those who did the honourable thing and pointed out how ridiculous and cheap that was. I took names. In both cases. Most importantly, to the vast majority of you, who support Mohamed, my message to you is not to worry, because your global icon, the one you helped create, is already too big to be brought down by social media.

"No hyperventilating or foaming-in-the-mouth ‘influencer’ is going to change that."

Salah, too, released a statement on his injury. He wrote on X that this plan was 'agreed up on at the beginning'.

"Yesterday I started the treatment and rehabilitation program and I will do everything possible to be ready as soon as possible and return to the national team as was agreed upon from the beginning," he said.

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