Mohamed Salah has reacted to the dispute with Egypt’s football association and accused them of ignoring his complaints over image rights.
The 26-year-old Liverpool forward was upset in April when his image was used to promote Egypt’s official sponsor WE, but Salah has a sponsorship deal with Vodafone.
“It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable,” Salah wrote on Twitter. “But in fact, what I see is exactly the opposite.
“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 said in a statement it would address a letter sent by Salah’s lawyer, Ramy Abbas, on Monday.
Abbas tweeted: “We asked for guarantees regarding Mohamed’s well being whilst with the national team, and assurances that the image rights violations wouldn’t happen again. That’s all. They have yet to respond.”
The dispute over image rights and lingering tensions over his treatment during the World Cup have cast doubt on whether Salah will continue playing for the national team.
Salah is due to be back in action under Egypt’s new coach, Javier Aguirre, in September, in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger.
Salah was apparently used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya. He was granted “honorary citizenship” by Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s ruler, at a team banquet.