The Egyptian FA claim their players were racially abused and that the Pharaohs’ team bus was attacked before their penalty shoot-out defeat to Senegal in World Cup qualifying. The national governing body say Salah in particular was subjected to racist abuse. Meanwhile, video footage showed Nigeria fans storm the pitch and vandalise the Abuja National Stadium after losing to Ghana on away goals.
The Egyptian FA says it players were subjected to racist abuse from Senegal fans during their World Cup play-off on Tuesday night.
The nation’s football governing body also claims Senegal supporters threw bottles and rocks at players during the warm-ups and attacked the team bus as it approached the stadium.
The Egypt FA said in a statement: “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.
“The Egyptian group’s buses have also been exposed to assaults that led to broken windows and injuries; filed with pictures and videos as proof in the complaint submitted.”
Footage captured dozens of lasers targeting Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Egypt’s crucial shootout defeat to Senegal, who won 3-1 to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate, with the second leg on Tuesday night taking place in Senegal, where home supporters were seen directing lasers at Egypt players throughout the match.
There was also trouble after Ghana booked their place in Qatar as they edged past Nigeria on away goals thanks to Thomas Partey’s early strike.
Videos surfaced on social media appearing to show Nigeria fans storming the pitch at full-time and breaking stadium seats at the Abuja National Stadium. Police used tear gas to disperse crowds.