Liverpool star Mo Salah escorted off by military officers as pitch invaders cause chaos | Football | Sport
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was taken off the field while on international duty with Egypt over the weekend. The winger helped his side to a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone before a flurry of pitch invaders prompted security measures to be beefed up at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex Stadium.
Salah was not among Egypt’s goals on Sunday during their World Cup qualifying group clash with Sierra Leone. However, the Liverpool star’s influence was felt on the pitch and within the crowd.
Former Aston Villa star Trezeguet opened the scoring for Egypt in the 11th minute when he slotted home from close range after Mostafa Mohamed had beaten him. The winger then grabbed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute after Salah picked out his teammate unmarked in the penalty area.
Carnage then ensued after Egypt’s second-place finish, and Sierra Leone’s stars lost their cool and were reduced to nine men, following Tyrese Fornah’s red card in the first half. Supporters in the crowd also failed to contain their emotions, with some entering the pitch to try and get close to Salah.
The former Roman star is not as well known in Africa and is widely regarded as an icon by many of the continent’s football fans. It was not clear why Salah was the target of many fans as security managed to take down most of them before they could even close.
Some fans managed to get past security but Liverpool star Salah was quickly pulled away from the pitch invaders, with military officers also entering the pitch to ensure the 31-year-old’s safety.
Those who succeeded in chasing the winger were then taken away, with members of the security team thrown by one intruder in particular. Members of the pitchside military staff, as well as numerous security guards, then made the decision to go onto the pitch after the full-time whistle and escort Salah off the pitch and down the tunnel into the dressing room for further to avoid. risks to their welfare.
It has been suggested that some of the residents of Sierra Leone who entered the park planned to attack Salah but it is not yet known at this stage. Photos shared online showed one smiling pitch invader who actually came face-to-face with the forward wearing a Liverpool shirt and appearing to fall to his knees as a sign of respect.
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