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Liverpool’s Mo Salah defends homeless man from abuse at petrol station

Security cameras captured the Egyptian football star confronting a group harassing the man

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool's fourth goal to complete his hat-trick against Leeds on September 12, 2020. Reuters
Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool's fourth goal to complete his hat-trick against Leeds on September 12, 2020. Reuters

Liverpool star Mo Salah has once again proven he is the nicest man in football, intervening to help a rough sleeper who was being harassed at a petrol station and then giving him £100 ($130).

The Egyptian forward stepped in to confront a group of men who were throwing insults at the homeless man after Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Arsenal on September 28, the British press reported.

Mr Salah was captured on closed-circuit television helping the rough sleeper, former labourer David Craig, who had bedded down near Liverpool’s stadium.

The Liverpool footballer’s intervention is not his first act of kindness at a petrol station. Three months earlier he won more plaudits after he paid for the fuel for all the customers at a petrol station.

Footage from the September 28 incident shows Mr Salah pulling up at the petrol station in his Bentley.

The 28-year-old can be seen defending the homeless man as the group of men walks past the petrol station’s forecourt.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Mr Craig said the Liverpool star had showed he was just as much of a hero off the pitch as on it.

“He heard what a group of lads were saying to me, then turned to them and said: ‘That could be you in a few years.’

“I only knew I wasn't hallucinating when Mo incredibly handed me £100. What a complete legend,” the 50-year-old explained.

In June, pictures of Mr Salah filling up his Bentley in his Liverpool training gear went viral on social media, with fans praising him for paying for other customers’ fuel.

“Pull up to a petrol station in a Bentley, wearing Liverpool training kit and pay for everyone’s petrol. My hero, my mate,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Love the Egyptian King,” another wrote.

Updated: October 10, 2020 04:33 PM

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