Liverpool's Mohamed Salah embroiled in 'serious issue' over Egypt image rights

Glenn PriceLiverpool correspondent1 Minute Read

Mohamed Salah's agent has said he is involved in a "very serious issue" with the Egyptian Football Association over the Liverpool star's image rights.

Salah's standalone image appears on the Egypt team plane, which is sponsored by mobile network WE.

But the forward has his own sponsorship deal with rival network Vodafone and his representative Ramy Abbas, writing on Twitter, warned about the unauthorised use of Salah's image.

"We are having a very serious issue with the Egyptian Football Association," he wrote.

"Any unauthorised use of image rights shall be dealt with severely. All options are on the table."

On Saturday, Salah tweeted a picture of himself and Abbas with the comment: "Full support."

Former Egypt and Tottenham striker Mido said he hoped the dispute would be solved in time for the World Cup, Egypt's first since 1990.

"The problem between Salah and the sponsorship company must be handled with great intelligence and must meticulously follow the law," he said. "The timing of the problem is difficult and how do you guarantee that if the company settles with Salah that other players won't go and ask for the same settlement?

"I feel for [EFA president Hany] Abu Rida and [national team coach Hector] Cuper because these are the type of problems that could destroy any team."

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