Footage has emerged of Mohamed Salah giving an emotional speech to his Egypt teammates after missing a crucial penalty in their World Cup play-off final defeat to Senegal.
In a repeat of February’s Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shootout to book their place in Qatar.
Egypt had won the play-off final first leg 1-0 in Cairo last week thanks to a goal from Salah before the teams met again in the second leg in Diamniadio on Tuesday night.
An own goal from Egypt midfielder Hamdi Fathi levelled the tie, which eventually went to a shootout after no further goals were scored.
Sadio Mane scored the decisive penalty for Senegal to book their place at the World Cup at the expense of Mo Salah's Egypt 😬pic.twitter.com/8rT3TFVDc8— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 30, 2022
Salah missed his spot kick before his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane went on to score the decisive penalty to send his team to the World Cup.
In footage which has surfaced on social media after the match, Salah can be seen delivering an emotional speech to his teammates in which he reportedly hints at international retirement.
“I am honoured that I played with you and I am very proud to play with you whether I am with you or not in the future,” said Salah, according to Egyptian journalist Ismael Mahmoud.
Mohamed Salah hints at international retirement, he said to his teammates: I am honored that I played with you and I am very proud to play with you whether I am with you or not in the future pic.twitter.com/AaHgnUwF2B— Ismael Mahmoud (@ismaeelmahmoudd) March 30, 2022
Senegal could be punished by FIFA after a number of fans shone lasers at Egypt’s players during the penalty shootout.
Several green lasers were directed at Salah’s face as he attempted to take his penalty.
The Liverpool forward then had to be escorted down the tunnel at full-time after Senegal fans invaded the pitch.
Security guards prevented a number of supporters from reaching Salah and were forced to protect him from projectiles in shocking scenes at Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade.
The Egyptian FA has since claimed that their players were subjected to racist abuse from the stands during the match and that their team bus was attacked by fans on the way to the game.
A statement from the Egyptian FA said: "The Egypt national team have been exposed to racism with offensive signs in the stands against the Egyptian players in general, and Mohamed Salah in particular.
"The crowd also intimidated the players by throwing bottles and rocks on them during the warm-up.
🚨⚠️Violence in Senegal— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) March 29, 2022
The Senegalese fans tried to attack Egypt's captain Mohamed Salah and threw objects at him while he is leaving the pitch #Africa #Egypt #Qatar2022 #SENEGY #Salah #Laser #WQC2022 #CAF_Scandal_in_Senegal | #مصر #السنغال #قطر2022 #منتخب_مصر #صلاح pic.twitter.com/znFXtuyspr
"The Egyptian group's busses have also been exposed to assaults that led to broken windows and injuries; filed with pictures and videos as proof in the complaint submitted."
A FIFA spokesperson told Sky Sports News: "FIFA is currently in the process of analysing the official match reports of the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Senegal and Egypt.
"The relevant information included in the match reports will be evaluated by the competent disciplinary bodies before deciding on the next steps to be taken."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter: Ismael Mahmoud
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