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Salah pelted with missiles & targeted by lasers before missing crucial World Cup play-off penalty as Egypt FA files 'racism' complaint

9:57 AM WAT 30/03/2022
Mohamed Salah, Egypt 2022
Egypt crashed out of contention for a place at Qatar 2022, with the Liverpool forward being a target for Senegal fans before and after the game

Mohamed Salah was pelted with missiles as he left the pitch having been targeted by lasers before he missed a crucial penalty in a World Cup play-off against Senegal.

That prompted the Egyptian football association to file a "racism" complaint against their opponents, with the loss meaning that Salah and his team-mates would miss out on the World Cup in Qatar.

In the run-up to his penalty, which Salah skied to eventually see Sadio Mane and Senegal advance, the Liverpool star was seen with several lasers being aimed at his face by spectators at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor.

What happened?

After a 1-0 first-leg win, Egypt conceded a goal in the fourth minute with the two sides deadlocked all the way through to a penalty shootout.

Throughout the match, the partisan home crowd were seen shining lasers onto the field, with those pointers out in full force for the penalty kicks.

Dozens of lasers could be seen on Salah's face before he missed from the spot, with Egypt eventually losing 3-1 in the shoot-out to miss out on the World Cup.

As the Liverpool forward left the pitch, he was again being targeted as security had to escort him down the tunnel and attempt to protect him from the missiles that were raining down from the stands.

Following the match, Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz stepped down, ending his time in charge of the team after taking the role in September.

Egypt FA release statement

While they didn't address the lasers specifically, the Egypt FA have confirmed that they have filed a complaint based on the atmosphere in Senegal.

The complaint, posted on their Instagram page, also claimed that racist banners were held up targeting Salah during the contest, while posting pictures of the damage done to their team bus after an attack from fans prior to the game.

“The Egyptian Football Association have lodged a formal complaint against its Senegalese counterpart to the match observer, the security official, CAF, and FIFA, before the start of the match between the two teams," the federation said.

“The Egyptian team was subjected to racism after the appearance of offensive banners in the stands aimed at the players, specifically Mohamed Salah.

“Moreover, the Senegalese fans terrorised the Egyptian players by throwing bottles and stones at them during the warm-up, as well as attacking the Egyptian team bus, which caused glass shattering and some injuries, which was documented with pictures and videos attached to the complaint.”

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