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Mohamed Salah Breaks Silence

Dubai model Merhan Keller tells of online abuse and threats over Egyptian footballer row.
Mohamed Salah breaks silence after a team-mate is sent home from AFCON amid 'sexual harassment allegations'

Egypt progressed to the AFCON knockout stage thanks to Mohamed Salah's strike vs DR Congo but allegations surrounding Amr Warda after squad withdrawal.

Mohamed Salah has broken his silence after international teammate Amr Warda was sent home from Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations campaign in disgrace. Warda, 25, appeared as a substitute in the host nation's opening game against Zimbabwe but will play no further part in the tournament. Warda, who plays his club football in Greece, has been embroiled in allegations that he sexually harassed a number of women on the internet.  The controversy over Warda’s allegedly abusive remarks began during the second week of the Africa Cup of Nations held in Cairo. Ms Keller said she received inappropriate messages and content from Warda after she posted an Instagram photo of her boxing in a gym two weekends ago. When she failed to respond to his online comments, the footballer, who plays for Atromitos FC in the Greek Super League, appeared to take offence. She shared his comments with thousands of followers online.

Merhan Keller, a British-Egyptian model, released screenshots of inappropriate messages she, and other women, received from Warda on Instagram and Whatsapp. A statement on the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) website read: "The head of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Reda, has decided to dismiss Amr Warda from the team's camp after consulting with the team's technical and administrative staff in order to maintain the state of the discipline, commitment, and concentration.

"The national team will complete the African Nations Championship with 22 players."
Warda, who has 29 caps to his name, plays in Greece for PAOK but has been loaned to Atromitos for parts of the last two seasons Salah condemned the facts surrounding the allegations but insisted that Warda shouldn't have been "sent straight to the guillotine".

Salah, who scored in Egypt's 2-0 victory over DR Congo on Wednesday, wrote on Twitter : "Women must be treated with the utmost respect. 'No' means 'no'. Those things are and must remain sacred. "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."

Warda apologized for his actions in a Facebook video, in which he said: "Sorry to anyone who is upset at me or anyone I have upset." Aston Villa winger, and national captain, Ahmed Elmohamady added: "Amr Warda is one of us and we all make mistakes. We will not leave Warda alone," he told reporters. "Warda represented Egypt on many occasions before, and what we should do is to stand by him... "No player should be held accountable for anything done outside the pitch. We support Amr Warda."

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