Egypt writer's call for Salah to shave beard sparks outrage

CAIRO — An Egyptian columnist has ignited a firestorm on social media by calling on Liverpool's star forward Mohamed Salah to shave his beard, saying he looks like a "terrorist."

In an article published Sunday by the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, Salah Montaser said Salah should shave his beard as it "puts him in one basket with extremists.... and terrorists."

Fans criticized the article on social media, saying facial hair is a personal choice and that people shouldn't be judged on their appearance.

Salah is the Premier League's joint-top scorer, with Tottenham's Harry Kane, with 24 goals this season. He is on one of the best scoring sprees in Europe's big five leagues right now.

He is a huge celebrity in his native Egypt, which is struggling to combat an Islamic State-led insurgency.

Must Read

Bangladesh reaches dominant 250-2 at tea against...

Jan 31, 2018

Mominul Haque hit 103 ball-107 not out as Bangladesh reached a dominant 250-2 at tea on the first...

Sri Lanka eyes final-day win with 713-9;...

Feb 3, 2018

Sri Lanka set up a potential final-day victory in the first test against Bangladesh after smashing...

Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm...

Oct 17, 2017

A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika to come out of...

Egypt's frailties exposed in World Cup warmup...

Mar 28, 2018

Egypt's frailties exposed in friendly losses to Portugal and Greece ahead of first World Cup in 28...

WORLD CUP: Salah can rouse Egypt after 28-year...

Apr 24, 2018

Egypt is in Group A at the World Cup alongside host Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales[at]morningdispatcher.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress