An Islamic preacher Mubarak Al-Bathali has claimed that Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was punished by God for missing Ramadan fast against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Mohamed Salah had a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos which resulted to a shoulder injury and the Egypt international had to leave the pitch in pain just 30 minutes into the game.
Initially, Mohamed Salah was said to have claimed that he would fast on the Champions League final day in Kiev, but Liverpool physiotherapist later confirmed later that he would not.
Kuwaiti preacher Mubarak al-Bathali has claimed that Egyptian football star Mohammed #Salah’s injury during the #ChampionsLeagueFinal match against Real Madrid was “God’s punishment because he broke his fast” https://t.co/TS9blqlVU8 pic.twitter.com/JeRwwX4Jkz
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 30, 2018
He eventually missed Ramadan fast on May 26, 2018, but he was unable to finish the first half of the game as his side Liverpool went on to lose 3-1 against Real Madrid.
But Kuwaiti preacher Mubarak al-Bathali says Salah sinned by breaking his fast for the match, rather than the journey from Britain to Ukraine, which was “not a legitimate excuse”.
“God punished him for missing Ramadan fast, and 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,” the Kuwaiti preacher was quoted to have said on Twitter by UK Mirror.
The 25-year-old suffered a should injury in the Reds 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev last weekend.
Salah was flown to Spain earlier this week to begin his recovery process, and the national team doctors along with the country’s football association say his absence “will not exceed” three weeks.