Fiorentina’s Salah wears #74 in memory of Port Said stadium massacre
Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah - AP

CAIRO: Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah, currently in a loan spell to Fiorentina, chose to wear jersey #74, in memory of football fans that died in the 2012 Port Said stadium massacre, Youm7 reported Thursday.

On Monday, Chelsea has confirmed the departure of Salah, who has joined Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season. Salah’s first team opportunity in Chelsea was limited this term as he has made only three Premier League appearances totaling less than 30 minutes without hitting the back of the net for Chelsea.

In an incident that is considered the worst in Egyptian football history, supporters of the Port Said-based Al-Masry invaded the playground at the end of a match against the Cairo-based Al-Ahly football team in February 2012. They hurled stones and launched fireworks at supporters of the guest team before media outlets reported the death of 74 Al-Ahly fans.

Salah is scheduled to appear with his new Italian team when playing against Atlanta Sunday.

In January 2014, Salah, then a Basel winger, moved to Chelsea in a deal worth £11m ($14.5m.)

“I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left or behind the striker,” Chelsea coach José Mourinho was quoted by the Guardian in January 2014.

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