Sports fans will do just about anything to get inside their opponents’ heads, but it seems they went too far during a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
With a chance to stamp their 2022 World Cup tickets, Senegalese fans appeared to shine laser pointers in the direction of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah during a crucial penalty kick.
In a video that has been doing the rounds online, dozens of laser pointers appear to be trained on the Liverpool striker, who eventually sailed the shot over the net.
Officially, the football association FIFA prohibits the use of laser pointers and other objects that could distract players and officials.
The Egyptian Football Association has since claimed its side have been victims of racism and allegedly abusive behavior by fans.
“The Egyptian team faced racism after offensive banners appeared in the stands of the stadium against the players, particularly Mohamed Salah, the team leader,” CNN said in the statement on Instagram.
“The crowd also terrorized the players by throwing glass and rocks at them during the warm-up,” the message continued.
A FIFA spokesman told Sky Sports the organization was “currently in the process of analyzing the official match reports of the FIFA World Cup qualifier between Senegal and Egypt”.
“The relevant information contained in the game reports will be evaluated by the responsible disciplinary bodies before deciding on the next steps.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/egypt-mohamed-salah-sent-out-of-world-cup-by-laser-pointers/ Egypt, Mohamed Salah was sent out of the World Cup with laser pointers