9-Year-Old Liverpool Fan Controversially Dresses Up As Mo Salah For Halloween

A Liverpool-mad football fan has caused a stir after she dressed up as her 'idol', Mo Salah, for a Halloween party.

And nine-year-old Madison Mcguane, from Limerick, pulled out all the stops and donned the famous red kit, curly hair wig and a fake beard.

Seems harmless enough.

But that just wasn't enough, how could you be certain that she was dressed up like the Egyptian forward - it's a bit ambiguous.

Madison's mum Marion Mcguane, and make-up artist Tammy Meehan, both thought the exact same thing. So the pair teamed up and decided it would be totally fine to cover the girl in fake tan, for authenticity.

Granted, 'blacking up' hasn't really been in vogue of late, probably not since Bernard Manning's jokes were considered to be just a little 'risque'.

The guy who dressed up as Samuel L Jackson found this out, just this week.

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Mercury Press

But nonetheless, mum Marion, 39, insisted the outfit would not cause offence.

She said: "Mo Salah is Madison's idol - so she was adamant she was dressing up as him, even though it was a Halloween theme, she is a little girl and her hair is snow white.

"Initially I was shocked because I thought people would be offended and that we'd have to be really careful that people might not take it as a joke.

"But she didn't think anyone would take offence to it - he's her idol and she was certain she was dressing up as him.

"I said but it's for Halloween and she said to me 'I don't care mum I'm dressing up as Mo Salah'.

"It was her idea and she really wanted to do it so I fell in love with the idea and the challenge and said let's do this.

"Liverpool is Madison's and the whole family's favourite team but she's never been to see a game yet. "She started liking Mo Salah the minute he signed for Liverpool - Maddison knows more about football now than I do.

"From his moves to his character she knows everything about him - she knows he's Egyptian and the way he plays.

"Madison watched the whole world cup and buys those stickers she's always looking for Mo Salah in there.

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Mercury Press

"If you asked her who her favourite player in the world was she'd say Mo Salah is number one and Messi is number two.

"She fights with all her friends over it because they're all Manchester United fans - she stands her ground when it comes to Liverpool."

'Artist' Tammy has also defended the decision.

The 34-year-old said: "Marion contacted me to do Madison's makeup as Mo Salah, I looked through his pictures to get an idea of what to do and I shaped out his face, tried to get his skin tone as good as I could.

"It took me about 25 minutes and then she was out playing with her football straight away."

I know what you're thinking, all that in just 25 minutes - it's an uncanny.

"I don't think anyone would have been offended because people dress up all the time and people change their colour all the time for fancy dress.

"Madison doesn't understand things like that, she's a little girl and Mo Salah is her idol.

"She loves him, it's a big thing for a girl too to go out looking like a boy as well she could have got bullied but she didn't.

"Loads of people thought it was brilliant, other kids want to do it and loads of people have messaged me asking me how I did it. I think by next year all kids will be dressing up as footballers.

"Not one person commented on the fact we fake tanned her, they just thought it was a brilliant idea because she went out as who she wanted to be he's her idol and she loves him that much so why not - it's only paint, I would never want to offend anyone and I don't think it does."

Well I for one am glad she used the fake tan, if she didn't I would have thought she was dressed up as one of 'The Scousers' from 90s sketch show Harry Enfield And Chums - a timely reference if ever there was one.

Another case of PC gone mad, eh.

Featured Image Credit: Mercury Press

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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