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Star asked to shave “Terrorists” beard

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah

An Egyptian writer has called on Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah to shave his beard because it “puts him in one basket with extremists…. and terrorists.”

Salah Montaser made the recommendation in state-run Egyptian newspaper on Sunday, and his comments drew fierce criticism on social media.

many of the responses argued “facial hair is a personal choice and that people shouldn’t be judged on their appearance.”

The Reds talisman has gone from strength to strength since returning to the Premier League last summer, but one thing that hasn’t changed about the forward is his choice of facial hair, which he had upon arrival from AS Roma.

The report also described Salah as a “huge celebrity” in his native Egypt, suggesting the country’s majority-Muslim population doesn’t have any issue with his facial hair.

Salah is the Premier League’s current joint-top scorer alongside Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane on 24 goals apiece.