Although it has yet to be confirmed, Twitter crashed moments after Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was subbed off the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid with fans, many of them Egyptians, taking their frustration online.
Among the first to react was Egyptian football journalist Marwan Ahmed who said that Salah’s injury was nothing less than a nightmare.
“It is really devastating for us Egyptian to see Salah in such pain. Forget the FIFA World Cup for now, seeing him in tears after so much joy he has given us was unbearable to some of the fans that were in tears after seeing him in tears,” Ahmed, a sports journalist and Operations & Business Development manager of Egyptian sports website King Fut, told Al Arabiya English.
“It is debatable but in my opinion Ramos could’ve let go of his arm. He doesn’t deserve this end to a great season, the best ever for an Egyptian player,” he added.
Salah was hurt when he tangled with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and was treated, but he collapsed to the ground again four minutes later and left the game after 30 minutes with the score at 0-0.
For now, the Egyptian Football Associated informed King Fut’s website that Salah sustained a sprain in the ligaments of his shoulder joint, which indicates he will be out for around three weeks.
Egypt’s national football team is currently preparing for its first World Cup appearance since 1990.
“I just hope he’s fine for the World Cup, our chances depend on his availability,” Ahmed told Al Arabiya English.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick and a long distance strike to give them a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday, delivering a remarkable third consecutive title for the Spaniards.
Meanwhile, another Egyptian sports journalist told Al Arabiya English that Salah’s injury did not only worry Egyptians about his participation in the upcoming World Cup but goes beyond national play.
“The injury killed their dream to see Salah in the same level with Messi, Ronaldo and the legends who won the champions league and the Ballon d’or,” Amir Abd Elhalim, supervising editor of FilGoal.com, told Al Arabiya English.
Sports Journalist and Senior Editor at Yalla Kora website Tarek Talaat had stronger words to say: “Sergio Ramos showed the ugly face of football, and forget the fair play, he intended to hurt Salah and wore the mask of wrestler”.