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World Cup 2018: ‘Salah used for political capital’ as Chechnya host Egypt training

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Mo Salah’s picture with Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov is a photo described by Amnesty International as “pure sportswashing”

Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov used Mo Salah for “political capital” after being pictured with the Egypt forward, says an anti-discrimination chief.

Egypt’s World Cup base is in the former war-torn republic of Russia, where Kadyrov’s regime has been criticised for alleged human rights abuses.

European body Fare said Fifa has made a “big mistake” in allowing Chechnya to host a World Cup training base.

Kadyrov defended his human rights record to the BBC earlier this year.

Speaking in January, he insisted all reports of extrajudicial killings and torture of gays in Chechnya were “made up”.

Football’s world governing body Fifa has always maintained its commitment to protecting human rights and earlier this year said it had “no grounds to believe that the choice of the Egyptian FA to locate its base camp in Grozny will cause particular adverse human rights impacts”.

However, executive director of the Fare Network