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26 May, 2018 22:23

Salah injured? Blame Putin! Twitterati accuse Russian president of 'arranging' UCL final injury

Salah injured? Blame Putin! Twitterati accuse Russian president of 'arranging' UCL final injury

Social media users have blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the UEFA Champions League final injury to Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, which may rule him out of Egypt's group game against Russia at the World Cup 2018.

A tearful Salah was subbed off in the first half UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid after suffering a shoulder injury in a tussle with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. 

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Liverpool went on to lose the match 3-1 without their 44-goal talisman. Salah's shoulder ailment will perhaps ruling him out of Russia 2018. He had been due to play at the tournament for Egypt against Russia in Group A on June 19.

Where there is tragedy, there is Russian blame - or at least accusations of it. Social media users quickly took to Twitter to post their conspiracy theories that Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for taking out Egypt's star man, thus increasing the chances of Russia advancing from the group stage.

While some were wild conspiracies of Putin mysteriously arranging for the player to somehow be injured, others were outright accusations of bribery.

In Kiev, after a goalless first half, Karim Benzema put Real Madrid ahead thanks to a Karius mistake before Senegalese striker Mane leveled for Liverpool.

Sixty-first minute substitute Gareth Bale then produced one of the greatest Champions League final goals of all-time when he acrobatically put Real in front, much to the surprise of all those around him, just two minutes after coming on.

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Then, on 83 minutes, Bale struck from range and keeper Karius again was at fault, palming the ball into his own net and handing victory and a 13th title to Madrid.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane enters history as the first coach to win the tournament three times in a row.