A study done by the Immigration Policy Lab has concluded that there has been a positive impact on Merseyside due to the “Eygptian King.”
Rabat – Mohamed Salah rises above past the field of play. The Egyptian, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the Champions League final for Liverpool, has been an Anfield symbol since not long after his debut in Liverpool. The effects are even greater for the city all in all, with a fall found in Islamophobia and hate crime.
The study by the Immigration Policy Lab of Stanford University, found an 18.9% fall in hate crimes across Merseyside – the English region where Liverpool is set- since the Salah signed with the club. The drop is based on the average rate of violations.
The authors of the report, Ala ‘Alrababa’h, William Marble, Salma Mousa, and Alexandra Siegel, clarified their findings.
“Taken together, the evidence points to Salah’s rise in prominence causing a decrease in hate crimes in Liverpool FC’s home county.”
“These findings suggest that positive exposure to outgroup celebrities can reveal new and humanizing information about the group at large, reducing prejudiced attitudes and behaviors.”
The study suggests that Salah becoming an idol to many helped fans acquaint themselves with the Islamic people, therefore reducing certain biases.
The investigation looked at 936 reports on detest violations and 15 million tweets from fans over the UK, with another emphasis on 8,000 Liverpool supporters.
All in all, the examination found that Islamophobic tweets from Liverpool fans dropped from 7.2% to 3.4% contrasted with those of other huge English clubs over a similar period, and hate crimes against the Muslim people group dropped by 18.9%.
“Salah is often seen joking with his teammates with a signature grin, entertaining his young daughter on the sidelines, and respecting his opponents almost to a fault, for instance, by refusing to celebrate goals against his former clubs,” read the report, concentrating on the player’s character, as well footballing ability, as a reason that he has been taken to the hearts of Reds’ fans and others.
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“By watching games, post-game interviews, promotional videos released by the club, and content on Salah’s social media pages, fans are exposed to rich information about Salah’s life on and off the field. Viewers see what a Muslim prayer looks like, perhaps for the first time, when Salah scores,” the study proceeded.
The positive response to Salah from Liverpool fans stems from some ongoing examples in football of racist conduct including insults towards Man City’s Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge from Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who said he was looking forward to ending his professional career because of it.
Salah scored the third quickest objective of Champions League finals as he set up Jürgen Klopp’s side for their 6th European Cup trophy.