Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah has been given an honourary citizenship of Chechnya.
Chechen leader and strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov announced that Liverpool’s Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is now an honorary citizen of the Russian republic.
Salah is at the World Cup in Russia with Egypt, whose training base is in the Chechen capital Grozny. The 26 year old has been pictured with Kadyrov, who was accused of using the player for political propaganda.
Chechen strongman RamzanKadyrov wrote on Telegram that he had presented the Liverpool star with the honorary title while hosting a dinner for the Egypt team, whose World Cup training base is in the Chechen capital Grozny. Kadyrov wrote;
“Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of Chechnya! That’s right!”
“Tonight I signed a decree to grant the high honour to the great footballer who plays for Egypt and Liverpool.”
Kadyrov is known as an ardent football fan and in 2013 took to the public address system during a match involving Chechen team Akhmat (formerly Terek) to publicly insult the referee.
Egypt crashed out of the World Cup after losing to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday, with Salah returning to action for the first time in three weeks following a shoulder injury but unable to save his team. The Egyptians play their final match against Saudi Arabia on Monday.