Fans of Egypt’s national football team are truly upset about their team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar… after multiple fans flashed lasers in the star’s face. Mohamed Salah (and other Egyptian players) as they fought to reach the World Cup.
The controversial match ended on Tuesday in Cairo… as Egypt – against Senegal – was on the cusp of qualifying for the world’s biggest sports tournament.
But, after organizing, the match was tied and entered into penalty kicks.
Unfortunately for Salah and the other Egyptian players who took the PKs, fans in the audience were shooting green lasers in the players’ eyes as they tried to kick.
Salah and 3 players missed the penalty shootout at the end… and Senegal ended up winning 1-0 (3-1 PK).
In the clip, you see Salah collecting himself as he prepares to start the kick. But, the distraction seemed to work, as the ball sailed over the bar, costing his team a chance to win, and the World Cup.
FYI, spectators cannot bring lasers to football matches, but it is not impossible to bypass stadium security.
FIFA, football’s international governing body, commented on the matter… saying: “As stated in the FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations, laser pointers are prohibited items by FIFA and are confiscated when spectators are checked in the perimeter of the outdoor stadium.” .
“When incidents occur within the applicable scope of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code, disciplinary action may be taken based on Article 16, paragraph 2,” which states that teams are responsible for the improper conduct of their fans.
Egypt’s supporters have been left frustrated and frustrated by the loss… and they clearly believe those in charge should have done more.
Laser fans infiltrate football matches and use them to distract opposing players is a common practice in international football.
Not to mention that lasers can damage the eyes – so it’s not only against the rules, it’s dangerous.
Football associations usually receive fines if their fans use laser pointers during a competition.
Egypt, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup, were knocked out after losing 1-0 to Senegal… It is unclear if FIFA will waive any disciplinary action.
Either way, he will serve no amount of punishment for the disappointment that Salah, his teammates and their fans felt when the players left the field.