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Mohamed Salah opens up on treatment of women in Middle East

File photo of Mohamed Salah. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 18, 2019, 10.56 AM (IST)

Egyptian star footballer Mohamed Salah asked for a change on the treatment of Muslim women during an interview with Time magazine, which was published on Wednesday. 

Salah, who is a practising Muslim, was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by the magazine alongside other athletes including Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Naomi Osaka. 

The 26-year-old Salah was also one of the US magazine's six cover stars and used his interview to discuss women's equality. 

Salah said that the treatment of women "in my culture and in the Middle East" had changed his opinions on gender issues. 

He said, "I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture," Salah was quoted as saying. 

"It's not optional," he added. 

"I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now, at the moment," Salah told the magazine. 

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Salah is an icon in Egypt after helping the country qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time they had reached the finals of the event since 1990. 

He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was also English football's Player of the Year in 2017-2018 following a dazzling season with Liverpool. 

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Salah was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by the magazine alongside other athletes including Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Naomi Osaka