Muslim fans have criticized Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on social media after he posted a photo of his family next to a Christmas tree.
For several years, the Egyptian captain has made it a tradition to send Christmas greetings via social media.
Salah can be seen dressed for the occasion or chilling out in his pyjamas in his posts over the years, having a tree with Christmas decorations and presents, according to the Daily Mail.
The 2022 Christmas post has enraged many fans who believe he should not be celebrating Christmas, while others admire his greetings to all.
Although Muslims do not traditionally celebrate Christmas, some do participate in the festivities that occur during the Christian holiday.
Salah, who is a Muslim, captioned the photo with ‘#MerryChristmas’ on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The 30-year-old and his family – wife Magi and daughters Makka and Kayan – posed in matching pyjamas for his traditional Christmas post.
Salah’s tweet has been slammed by Muslim supporters, with one claiming: ‘I shall be unfollowing you and stop supporting Liverpool because you are celebrating Christmas with the Christians.’
Another said: ‘I’ve been a Liverpool fan since I was born but I will stop supporting the club because you are celebrating Christmas with the Christians. You’ve just lost me as a fan Mo Salah. Goodbye!’
Others defended the Egyptian forward, with one fan describing him as the ‘African GOAT’.
‘To us you are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe combined. Enjoy,’ they said.
Another fan said: ‘The most anticipated Christmas post annually. Merry Christmas Mo.’
Others claim Salah’s annual Christmas post is a curse on Liverpool. After he put a similar picture on social media in 2020, the Reds failed to win a game at Anfield for eight matches in a row.