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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Mo Salah in the spotlight on last night’s talk shows

Mo Salah’s dispute with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) was the topic du jour on the airwaves last night. The governing body for Egypt’s de facto national sport said in a statement that it was intentionally not responding to messages from the footballer’s lawyer. Salah had lashed out at the EFA in a tweet on Sunday for “ignoring” his messages, which we had presumed were related to an image rights dispute from earlier this year.

Apparently, however, the letter from Salah’s lawyer was a rider with a list of demands. Those included bodyguards for Salah when he comes to Cairo next month for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 8 September and a promise that he would not be asked to appear in interviews at the EFA’s behest, among other things, Salah said in a video posted to his Facebook page yesterday (watch, runtime: 6:25). The EFA found the letter “inappropriate” and said the requests were “exaggerated” and “unreasonable,” especially as the letter also threatened to demand the EFA board’s resignation if they refuse to meet the demands.

The Sports Ministry has reportedly contacted Salah to try and resolve the issue, Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebril said, citing unnamed sources (watch, runtime: 8:31). She also spoke to EFA member Khaled Latif, who backed Salah’s demands, saying that the national team should be provided with every measure of comfort. He also defended the EFA, saying that members have been faced with a whirlwind of rumors and bad press lately (watch, runtime: 10:10). Sports critic Ihab El Khatib was of a similar mind.

When you can’t blame foreign fingers, blame the agent. (Better still: Maybe the agent is a foreigner?): EFA member Magdy Abdel Ghany told Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary that Salah is well-loved by the EFA — the problem is with Salah’s agent, who Abdel Ghany argues has blown the flap out of proportion and is making demands to the EFA “that are not within his right to make.” Sports critic Hassan El Mestikawy also blamed the agent, but said as well that EFA was at fault for not handling the matter more discreetly (watch, runtime: 8:09).

Yahduth fi Misr (watch, runtime: 9:10) and Al Hayah fi Misr also covered the story (watch, runtime: 5:45), which was also widely picked up by international news outlets, including the Associated Press.

Harassment was once again in the spotlight. On Masaa DMC, National Council for Women’s Rights head Maya Morsi declared her support for Menna Gubran, a woman who is being sued by the man she says harassed her after she posted a video of the incident (watch, runtime: 7: 28). Hona Al Asema’s Gebril also spoke to MP Ahmed Saeed and rights activist Janette Abdel Alim about Egypt’s [redacted] harassment problem] (watch, runtime: 35: 53).

Meanwhile on Al Hayah fi Misr, Kamal Magdy spoke to International relations expert Ayman Samir about Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Cairo (watch, runtime: 7:33). He also chatted with the spokesman for the committee tasked with reclaiming state-owned land, Ahmed Ayoub, who said that the board was still receiving requests until 27 September (watch, runtime: 8:03).

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