An Egyptian lawyer has launched a €1bn (£873m) lawsuit against Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, amid fears that Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah may be unable to represent his country in the 2018 World Cup.
Bassem Wahba said he had filed a complaint to FIFA claiming Ramos had inflicted “physical and psychological harm” upon Salah.
He told the Egyptian TV station Sada El-Balad: “Ramos intentionally injured Salah and should be punished about his actions.
“I have filed a lawsuit and a complaint to FIFA.
“I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1bn, for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people.”
The Premier League’s 2017/2018 top scorer has said he is “confident” he will be fit for the World Cup in Russia despite injury fears.
The 25-year-old left the field in tears before Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory at the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday 26 May.
Ramos, who was not given a yellow card for his controversial challenge, wished Salah an “early recovery” on Sunday.
In a tweet translated from Spanish, he wrote: “Football teaches you the sweetest face at times and the bitterest of others.
“First of all we are partners.
“Early recovery, Salah. The future awaits you.”
In addition to Mr Wahba’s lawsuit, more than 400,000 people have signed a petition calling for FIFA to punish Ramos for “intentionally hurting” Salah.
The organisers of a change.org petition have argued the Spanish defender purposely held the Egyptian winger’s arm “under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder”.
Those who created the petition to punish Ramos also criticised his performance in the rest of the match.
They wrote: “He kept acting that (sic) Liverpool players fouled him falsely, causing the referee to give Mane a yellow card he did not deserve.
“Sergio Ramos represents an awful example to future generations of football players.
“Instead of winning matches fairly, he uses tricks that defy the spirit of the game and fair play.
“UEFA and FIFA should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game.”