Egypt lawyer sues Ramos who injured Salah for €1 billion
Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (R) falls with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos leading to Salah being injured during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV
London :An Egyptian lawyer has filed a €1 billion ($1.16 billion) lawsuit against Real Madrid soccer star Sergio Ramos for a tackle which injured Egypt’s top player Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final on Saturday, the UK’s Evening Standard reported’
Egyptians are holding their breath amid fears that Salah could miss the World Cup after suffering an serious injury when wrestled to the ground by Ramos.
Ramos, who locked arms with Salah before falling on top of the forward’s shoulder, became an instant hate figure for millions of Egyptians on social media, as well as the thousands who watched the game live at cafes.
“Ramos the Dog,” “Animal,” “We will take revenge,” “Dirty” and many more insults were thrown at Ramos on social media following Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.
Salah left the pitch in tears holding his shoulder after just half an hour, a sight that prompted some Egyptians to burst into tears. Reported to have suffered a sprain in his shoulder ligaments, Salah remains doubtful for the World Cup in Russia, with the clock ticking before Egypt’s first game against Uruguay on June 15.
“Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions,” lawyer Bassem Wahba said, according to the Standard.
“I’ve filed a lawsuit and a complaint to (soccer governing body) FIFA,” Wahba said. “I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1 billion, for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people.”
If the vitriol targeting Ramos seems exaggerated, it reflects how vital the speedy striker has become for his national team ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
The 25-year-old scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, a tally that earned him the Golden Boot for Europe’s top scorer and the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
Without him, Egypt’s chances are “almost nonexistent,” said Karim Said, editor-in-chief of YallaKora, a football-focused website.
“The (team’s) attack is mainly based on Salah,” said Said.
Thanks to Salah, who has become a source of pride for millions across the Arab world, Egyptians were looking to the World Cup with hope and enthusiasm.
Ramos’s dubious tackle, which went unpunished by match referee Milorad Mazic, prompted one furious fan watching the game to yell “Dirty guy” at the Spaniard, although his screams were drowned out by a sea of other insults.