Liverpool and Egypt fans held their breath as they watched Mohamed Salah tumble to the ground in a heap under the challenge of Sergio Ramos. With Real Madrid and Reds players standing over him, the forward remained motionless on the pitch.
An Islamic cleric has however mentioned that his injury is a punishment from God for breaking fast
Clutching his shoulder and wincing in pain, he was eventually taken off on the biggest stage of them all with his World Cup now highly in doubt.
A devout Muslim, Salah initially claimed that he was going to continue fasting during the build up to the final, but a club physiotherapist confirmed that he would change his plans after speaking to the club nutritionist.
Muslim’s are allowed to break their fast for travel purposes, but Kuwaiti preacher Mubarak al-Bathali has slammed the Egyptian, blaming him for his own injury.
The preacher has claimed that Salah sinned by breaking his fast for the match itself, rather than the journey from Britain to Ukraine, which was “not a legitimate excuse”.
“God punished him,”
“Unfortunately, [he will] bear the burden.
“Do not think the Muslim believes that life is managed by reason and effort, but life is the hand of God comes to whom he will, whether hard or not diligent.
“Perhaps the injury is good for you.
“Do not grieve, the door of repentance is open,” he wrote on Twitter.