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Egyptian hesitantly agrees to play in Israel for Swiss soccer squad
ByJTA
August 6, 2013 13:52
FC Basel's Mohamed Salah says " I am going to play in Palestine and not Israel."
Egyptian soccer player Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

JERUSALEM — An Egyptian player for a Swiss soccer team agreed to travel to Israel for a qualifying match after first refusing for political reasons.

Mohamed Salah will join the Football Club Basel for its UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, the team announced over the weekend.



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Salah, 21, reportedly changed his mind after meeting with team officials. He has been under pressure from his fellow countrymen to boycott the match.

“I will fly to Israel,” he said in a statement. “Football is more important than politics and it is my job.

“In my thoughts I am going to play in Palestine and not Israel, and I am also going to score and win there. The Zionist flag won’t be shown in the Champions League.”

In the first match between the two teams, which Basel won 1-0, Salah avoided shaking hands with members of the Israeli team, which includes Israeli-Arabs.

Another Egyptian player for FC Basel, Mohamed El Neny, also will travel to Israel with the team, according to reports.
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