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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Syrian students tackle legal question of Mo Salah's injury

Damascus University law students asked why Sergio Ramos could not be held liable for Salah tackle

A man reacts as he watches the the UEFA Champions League final football match, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, at a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 26, 2018. On the wall is a painting of Liverpool Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah. Liverpool suffered the loss of 44-goal top scorer Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury on 31 minutes, after a tangle with Real defender Sergio Ramos. Khaled Desouki / AFP 
A man reacts as he watches the the UEFA Champions League final football match, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, at a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 26, 2018. On the wall is a painting of Liverpool Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah. Liverpool suffered the loss of 44-goal top scorer Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury on 31 minutes, after a tangle with Real defender Sergio Ramos. Khaled Desouki / AFP 

It was a tackle that resonated across the Arab world. When Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah left the field in tears with a dislocated shoulder during the Champions League final last week, his fans were in uproar.

They blamed Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos not only for the controversial tackle but for also potentially keeping Salah from Egypt's World Cup campaign, which opens this month. Some Egyptian taxi drivers have even speculated that Mr Ramos was an assassin sent by Israel to take down Egypt's football star.

But, as Syrian law students have been asked to demonstrate, Mr Ramos was not criminally liable for his actions.

First-year law students at the University of Damascus sat their General Penal Code exam on Sunday. A Facebook page for the Faculty of Law Quneitra Branch later shared photos of the test paper, which include the following question:

"Sergio Ramos injured Mohamed Salah in the 2018 European Champions League final. Naturally, Ramos cannot be held to account for this action from a criminal law perspective due to four conditions that make the use of violence justified in sports. State these conditions."

One Facebook user, Essa AL Bader explained why Ramos could not be held liable according to the Syrian penal code: The game is an established one with recognised rules; the injured player agreed to play the game; the player who caused the injury, in his own mind, was taking into account the rules of play; and the injury occurred during play.

Students commented on the post in good humour, saying it was an easy question.

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Mohamed Salah: I'm a fighter and confident I'll recover from injury in time for World Cup

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