August 27, 2018 / 4:15 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Salah accuses Egyptian FA of ignoring complaints over image rights

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - August 25, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

(Reuters) - Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has revived a dispute with his country’s football association and accused them of ignoring his complaints over image rights.

The 26-year-old was upset in April when his image was used to promote Egypt’s official sponsor WE, while Salah has a sponsorship deal with rival company Vodafone.

“It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable. But in fact, what I see is exactly the opposite,” Salah said on Twitter.

“It is not normal that my messages and my lawyer’s messages are ignored. I don’t know why all this (is happening). Do you not have time to respond to us?!”

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said in a statement it would address a letter sent by Salah’s lawyer, Ramy Abbas, on Monday.

Abbas also tweeted: “We asked for guarantees regarding Mohamed’s wellbeing whilst with the national team, and assurances that the image rights violations wouldn’t happen again. That’s all. They have yet to respond.”

Salah is expected to be called up for Egypt’s next international, an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger on Sept. 8.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Andrew Roche

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