Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in Egypt

FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah celebrates defeating Congo during the 2018 World Cup group E qualifying soccer match in Alexandria, Egypt. A social media campaign to persuade former star midfielder Aboutrika to come out of retirement – and exile – to join Egypt’s World Cup squad in Russia has stirred a storm in a country where politics and football often mix. The hugely popular Aboutrika already said no to a comeback, but pro-government media, seething over the show of love for the retired player, continues to vilify him over alleged ties to an outlawed Islamist group. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)


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