Model claims Mo Salah has 'made her a hate figure' in football harassment scandal

THE model at the centre of a harassment scandal that has rocked Egyptian football has said Mo Salah has made her a “hate figure”.


Posted Sunday, June 30, 2019 by Dailystar.co.uk

Merhan Keller has condemned comments made by the Liverpool ace after Egyptian teammate Amr Warda was set home from the squad for inappropriately messaging her.

The British-Egyptian model says she fears she could now be attacked if she returns to Egypt.

She claims she has received thousands of messages of abuse after Liverpool forward Salah tweeted about Warda to help secure his return to the Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Model claims Mo Salah has 'made her a hate figure' in football harassment scandal
SCANDAL: Salah has been criticised by model Keller over his comments on Warda, centre (Pic: Daily Mirror )

Warder had been sent home from the tournament after he admitted and apologised for sending vile messages of a sexual nature to Ms Keller, 28, via social media.

Sarah was quick to speak out over the incident, condemning the behaviour but insisting he shouldn’t have been sent “straight to the guillotine”.

Taking to Twitter, last season’s golden boot winner wrote: “Women must be treated with the utmost respect. 'No' means 'no'. Those things are and must remain sacred.

Model claims Mo Salah has 'made her a hate figure' in football harassment scandal
RECALLED: The Egyptian footballer has been recalled to the squad (Pic: Daily Mirror / Facebook)

“I also believe that many who make mistakes can change for the better and shouldn’t be sent straight to the guillotine, which is the easiest way out.

"We need to believe in second chances... we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer."

Following Warda’s recall to the squad, Ms Keller says she has received hate mail on social media.

Model claims Mo Salah has 'made her a hate figure' in football harassment scandal
HATE FIGURE: The model claims she is becoming a hate figure (Pic: Facebook/Daily Mirror )

She told the Daily Mirror: “[Salah] is God in Egypt. Literally. They don’t deal with him like a football player. He is God and he can do no wrong.

“This makes me in jeopardy. I cannot go to my country right now if I want to visit my family.

"People will attack me in the streets. You know how football fans are - ours are 100 times worse."

Model claims Mo Salah has 'made her a hate figure' in football harassment scandal
SUPERSTAR SALAH: The Liverpool star is a 'God' in Egypt (Pic: Getty )

The model, who has lived in Dubai for seven years after emigrating from Egypt, claims she is taking legal action against Warda for the messages he sent.

Meanwhile, Salah’s remarks have split Egyptian society, with many women believing that sexual harassment is largely condoned across the country, though Salah did condemn his teammate’s actions.

Some women have called for a boycott of Egyptian matches until the end of the tournament.

Ms Keller added: “What is shocking for me in the Mohamed Salah situation is that it had absolutely nothing to do with him.

“You have no idea the amount of hate messages, threats and stuff that I am getting.

"It is horrible to see yourself in memes and in comics and having everyone making fun of you and swaying away from the main problem.

 "I am not trying to take him down or sabotage him, because this is the accusation that I get from a lot of people. I think it is important to highlight that."

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