An Egyptian columnist is facing criticism after saying that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah looks like a terrorist.

In an article published by the Egyptian state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, columnist Salah Montaser said Liverpool’s top scorer should shave his beard as it “puts him in one basket with extremists…. and terrorists.”

The column has been widely criticised on social media, with plenty of people coming to Salah’s defence, arguing that growing any type of facial hair is a personal choice and that people should never be judged solely on their appearance.

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Salah has been a revelation since he returned to the Premier League with Liverpool, having scored 24 league goals this campaign, a total which leaves his joint-top of the list of top scorers with the now injured Harry Kane.

Salah, beard and all, will be hoping to claim the Golden Boot and with just eight league games remaining, he’ll have his sights set on finding the back of the net against Watford.