Basel's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has received criticism for kissing a woman at an awards ceremony.
However the 21-year-old's seemingly harmless exchange with the female host has generated controversy in Egypt, where such intimate and open contact with the opposite sex is frowned upon.
"They have spoiled my joy as they forgot the prize and concentrated on the lady kissing me," Salah told Egyptian channel Al-Hayat.
Salah scored the winner against Chelsea a fortnight ago
"Anywhere I go here in Switzerland people applaud, while my native fans criticize me."