Four men have been arrested in Cairo after using Mohamed Salah face masks as a disguise to rob stores.
Masrawy.com, per Goal, reports that the gang of thieves were caught by police while attempting to rob a store on Hassanein Heikal Street, in the Nasr City neighbourhood of Egypt’s capital.
All of the robbers concealed the identities using masks of the Liverpool forward, who is an icon in his homeland.
They are reported to have tried to escape after being approached by security forced but were eventually apprehended.
As well as being a key player for his club, Salah is hugely important for the Egyptian national team. He has 41 goals in 67 games for his country.
His standing has increased since completing his move to Anfield in 2017 but was unable to help them get beyond the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.
Salah spent the lead-up to the tournament in Russia in a race for fitness having suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 2018 Champions League final.
He was upended by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, with many Liverpool fans insisting the defender’s challenge was a deliberate ploy to injure one of the Reds’ star players.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini also believes it was deliberate but praised Ramos for his ‘masterstroke’ move.
“Critics can say that he is impulsive, not tactical at all and that because of him there are eight or 10 extra goals conceded a season,” the Italy ace wrote in his autobiography, ‘I Giorgio’, as quoted by AS . “If I caused an extra two or three goals, I wouldn’t live anymore.
“He is very technical and could be a striker, we are opposites. However, he has two characteristics almost no-one has.
“The first is knowing how to be decisive in important games. He makes interventions beyond any logic, even with injuries that he causes with almost diabolical cunning.
“Salah’s was a masterstroke. He always said that he didn’t mean to injure him, but he was aware that falling that way and without letting go of his grip, nine times out of 10 you can break your rival’s arm.”