Mo Salah clarifies views on women's rights following Egypt's Amr Warda sexual harassment claims
Liverpool's Mo Salah has defended his position on women's rights, insisting it was not his decision to reinstate Amr Warda to the Egypt team following accusations of sexual harassment.
Back in June, Dubai model Merhan Keller shared lewd messages allegedly from Wahda to followers, while a second woman came forward which led to the suspension of the midfielder.
Salah then sent out two tweets in response to the incident that appeared to make a case for Warda to be given another chance.
Warda then returned to the squad and came on as a substitute in Egypt's shock defeat to South Africa in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Salah's reaction stirred up a great deal of controversy in the media and on social platforms.
And now last season's joint-top scorer in the Premier League has come out in defence of his actions, empasising it was not his decision to bring Warda back to the squad.
Salah said: "Absolutely not, because I am not the national team captain and am not the team manager or coach.
"If I was that powerful I could have changed a lot of things there. I am a player but they just put it on me.
"What I meant by the tweet is, that [sexual harassment] happened before and is happening now. He has to get a treatment and rehabilitation to make sure it is not going to happen again. I mean not someone in particular, but in general."
The former Chelsea and Roma man also addressed his position on women's rights after many people questioned him following his handling of the Warda incident.
"The people misunderstand what I am saying," he added.
"Women have to have their rights in the Middle East. First we have to accept that there is a problem – and that is very difficult to accept as the problem is running deep.
"Second, the woman has the right to talk about anything. When my daughter has a problem, she has to feel support from me, to come to me to talk about the problem.
"The most important thing is the fear of the wife, the fear from her husband, from her father. The fear is not healthy for anyone, so we have to face that."