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Salah meeting with Chechen leader raises red flags

June 11, 2018



GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah was relaxing in his hotel room in Grozny when he was informed an important guest dropped in unexpectedly and was waiting for him in the lobby. When the Egypt star forward went down, he found Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The Moscow-backed former rebel had a favor to ask of Salah: Could he accompany him for the short drive to the stadium where the rest of Egypt's World Cup squad was training and several thousand local fans were in attendance? Salah obliged, and the two showed up at the stadium named after Kadyrov's assassinated father to a standing ovation and loud cheers by the fans. Salah wore a white Egypt jersey, and his host was in a green-and-white tracksuit.

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