Egyptian FA accuse Senegalese fans of racism and attack on team bus | Did the lasers put off Mohamed Salah? | Soccer News

The Egyptian FA claim their players – and Mohamed Salah in particular – were subjected to racist insults from Senegalese fans during their World Cup play-off.

He also claims that Senegalese fans threw bottles and stones at players during warm-ups and attacked the team as they approached the stadium. He posted photos of the incidents on his official Instagram account.

A statement said: “The Egyptian national team has been exposed to racism with offensive signs in the stands against Egyptian players in general, and Mohamed Salah in particular.

“The crowd also intimidated the players by throwing bottles and rocks at them during the warm-up.

“The Egyptian group’s buses were also exposed to assaults which resulted in broken windows and injuries; filed with photos and videos as evidence in the complaint filed.”

There was further controversy during the match – which Senegal won on penalties thanks to Saido Mane scoring the winning kick – as it emerged the home fans shined lasers into the eyes of the Egyptian players as they prepared to take a penalty shootout.

As Salah waited to take his kick, lasers could be seen shining on his face and videos on social media appeared to show that they were home fans with the lasers. Salah missed his penalty – sending his kick over the bar.

Mane’s spot-kick capped a spectacular return game for Diamniadio after Hamdi Fathi’s fourth-minute own goal brought the hosts level following Egypt’s 1-0 win in Cairo on Friday night.

The result was a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final two months ago when Mane scored the winning penalty again against the same opponents.

Senegal dominated most of the proceedings and Egypt were indebted to goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who produced a series of stunning saves to prevent Pape Abdou Cissé and Ismaila Sarr in extra time.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey’s first goal saw Ghana also qualify for the final after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Abuja which proved to be enough to send the Ghanaians on the away goals rule.

The draw for the World Cup final will take place on Friday at 5 p.m.

Sky Sports

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