The campaign reached the top of “marking” the dismissal of Issam Al Shawali, the Twitter trend in Saudi Arabia, because of his comments that were described as biased against Manchester City.
According to Saudi press reports, the fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the way Shawali was suspended on Manchester City matches, and that what happened in the Liverpool match was not for the first time.
Some believed that the Tunisian commentator deliberately underestimated the heavenly team, despite the fact that it was the best team in England over the past years, especially since the arrival of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola in 2016, where he won the English Premier League title 4 times out of 6.
Majed Al-Murshidi, the former Saudi star of Al-Hilal, criticized Al-Shawali, and said in statements reported by Saudi media: “From Shawali to set up a club the size of Manchester City, you are only sellers of words, nothing more and nothing less to the listener and viewer. The match does not differentiate with me and I did not give any importance to it.”
He added: “The match was on the charitable shield, and it annoyed us, Issam El Shawali, with your personalization of things with Manchester City, and not only this match, but I follow him and he always underestimates City.”