Mohamed Salah has reopened a dispute with the Egyptian Football Association over the usage of his image rights.
Salah, the Liverpool forward, was used to market Egypt’s official sponsor WE earlier this year, despite the 26-year-old having a sponsorship deal with Vodafone.
There were doubts Salah would represent his nation at the World Cup due to the dispute, though he did feature for the Pharaohs in their three matches as they exited the tournament at the group stage.
However, the renewing of the dispute has cast doubts over Salah’s international future.
Salah, on social media website Twitter, wrote: “It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable.
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“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?!”
Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas, sent a letter to the FA on Monday, and he also took to Twitter to comment on the situation.
Abbas wrote: “We asked for guarantees regarding Mohamed’s wellbeing whilst with the national team, and assurances that the image rights violations wouldn’t happen again. That’s all. They have yet to respond.”
As well as the usage of his image rights by the Egyptian FA, Salah was said to have been used as a political symbol during the World Cup.
While Egypt were based in Chechnya, the Liverpool forward was granted ‘honorary citizenship’ by Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic.