The real reason Mo Salah’s agent tweeted the word ‘fuming’ on Saturday [Echo]

It’s a story of ‘what might have been’ for Mo Salah this summer.

A cruel twist of fate – or more specifically, a twist of the arm – in the Champions League final threatened to rule the Liverpool forward out of the World Cup altogether.

On his 26th birthday, he stayed on the bench as Egypt lost 1-0 in the dying minutes against Uruguay.

Days later, in the 3-1 defeat to Russia, his penalty was not enough to keep his nation in the competition.

Those circumstances have not seen his stock decline at all, however, even if it makes it less likely that he’ll be competing with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or, as many had predicted.

Speculation has linked him with Real Madrid, which has left Liverpool supporters keeping a keen eye on his agent’s Twitter.

This weekend, Ramy Abbas posted a series of cryptic tweets and they were indeed referring to his work as Salah’s representative.

However, the Liverpool Echo report that his message, “fuming” was actually aimed at the Egyptian FA in a row over image rights.

“To those protesting against my cryptic messages please remind me about the last time they didn’t work,” he added.

Egypt’s plane, which was provided by sponsor ‘WE’ bore a picture of the former Roma winger. That did not go down well with Salah’s camp, as he has a deal with rival firm Vodafone.

They were also unhappy at Egypt’s use of Grozny, the capital city of the Chechen Republic, as a training base.

Not only are distances to matches too long, the Echo claim Salah’s agent thinks he was used as a ‘pawn’ by the Egyptian and government and FA when he posed with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a hugely controversial figure because of his regime’s human rights record.

Kadyrov has made the Premier League Golden Boot winner an honorary citizen of the region at a ceremony attended by Hany Abo Rida, chairman of Egypt’s football federation.

In response, Abbas – Salah’s agent – tweeted:

“When it was once said that a picture speaks a thousand words, apparently not.

“So here are the words: regardless of background, ethnicity, orientation, preferences, everyone deserves respect, and equal rights. #RespectForAll”

Many of Salah’s admirers will be glad that matter is cleared up, as it threatened to paint him in an unflattering light.

Most of all, though, Liverpool fans will be mightily relieved that there’s no need to read too much into his agent’s posts.