A report conducted by the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University has found that hate crimes against Muslims in Liverpool have decreased by almost a fifth since Mo Salah signed for the Reds.
According to The National, the report saw hate crimes have reduced by 18.9% across Merseyside since Salah arrived from Roma compared to the expected figure had he not signed, while the number of anti-Muslim tweets from Liverpool fans was half that of other clubs.
The report concluded that Salah was a major reason for the decrease, with fans more familiar with Islamic culture as a result of his presence.
The number 11’s ‘charismatic’ personality is said to have made people more friendly towards Muslims in general, with people seeing Muslims as less ‘threatening’ thanks to his footballing ability and personality.
Everyone knows about Salah’s impact on the pitch – not least his goal from the penalty spot on Saturday which proved to be the winning goal in the Champions League final – but he’s having a major influence off the pitch, too.