The Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) confirmed that Senegal fans created “an atmosphere of terror” in the second leg match between the two teams at dawn on March 30 (Hanoi time).
EFA President Gamal Allam confirmed that he had submitted a request to FIFA to reorganize the second leg of the World Cup play-off between Egypt and Senegal. “If Egypt loses in the normal way, we will congratulate them and leave without complaint,” Mr Allam announced on Ahram. “However, we insist that the Egyptian team must play in an atmosphere of terror .”
The EFA said laser beams from Senegal fans affected the Egyptian player during the penalty shootout between the two teams. Besides, Mohamed Salah and his teammates were also attacked with rocks and bottles on the bus before the second leg match against Senegal. The Egyptian Football Federation has evidence to prove its allegation.
Mohamed Salah missed the penalty after being lasered in the face. Photo: Eurosport.
During the second leg of the 2022 World Cup play-off round in Africa, Senegalese fans present at the Olympique de Diamniadio stadium continuously shone laser lights at the Egyptian player. In the penalty shootout, Salah and his teammates were also lasered in the face.
Liverpool’s striker and two teammates then missed the 11-meter mark, causing Egypt to lose 1-3 in the penalty shootout. The head of EFA confirmed: “We have filed a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA since the match was underway. We will continue to discuss with FIFA president Gianni Infantino when attend the congress in Qatar”.
In the first leg between the two teams in Cairo, the Egyptian audience also shone their lights on the Senegal player, but with less density. Coach Carlos Queiroz’s team won 1-0 in the first leg but could not maintain the advantage in the second leg.
The two teams drew 1-1 after 2 matches and had to decide the victory and defeat by penalty shootout. Earlier in February, the Egyptian team also lost to Senegal on penalties in the 2021 CAN final.