Big Mo-ment as teen backs Salah in drug ad

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ @visan­drew­brown

ASOUTHPORT girl has played a star­ring role along­side Liver­pool FC star Mo­hamed Salah in a hard-hit­ting cam­paign which has gone vi­ral.

Char­lotte Thomp­son, 13, from Ains­dale, re­cently filmed the ad­vert with the Reds striker for an an­tidrugs com­mer­cial, shot at Ot­ter­spool prom­e­nade, in Liver­pool.

Char­lotte, a pupil at Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School for Girls, in Crosby, en­joyed a great kick around with the man him­self – and even nut­megged him!

The young­ster is a keen Liver­pool fan whose dad is a sea­son ticket holder, so she has been to watch games at An­field since she was lit­tle.

She was the only girl to fea­ture in the ad­vert along­side six boys for their scene.

The anti-drug cam­paign, fea­tur­ing Salah, has gone vi­ral in Egypt since it was filmed, as the striker pre­pares to play in the Cham­pi­ons League final against real Madrid in Kiev this Satur­day.

The com­mer­cial – urg­ing peo­ple to “say no to drugs” – shows him go­ing for a jog, and presents his younger self with a choice – a choice of which path to go down: drugs or sports.

Opt­ing to mix with the sporty crowd, it then por­trays the happy, whole­some life one can lead as a re­sult.

It has emerged that, af­ter Salah ap­peared in the “Say No to Drugs” cam­paign the Drug Re­hab Hot­line wit­nessed a 400% in­crease in calls.

Char­lotte said: “It was an amaz­ing day and I felt so priv­i­leged to be hav­ing a kick around in the park with Mo Salah.

I’m a huge Liver­pool fan and will be cheer­ing them on in the Cham­pi­ons League final and would love to see Salah score a hat-trick in the final!”

Char­lotte is rep­re­sented by All-stars Cast­ing in Liver­pool, but has also been a pupil at So Tal­ented! Academy of Theatre Arts, in Way­far­ers Ar­cade, in South­port town cen­tre, for the past seven years.

Egyp­tian king Salah is the man of the mo­ment right now, with the 25year-old scor­ing his 32nd goal of the league cam­paign in Liver­pool’s 4-0 vic­tory over Brighton at An­field on Sun­day, May 13.

In do­ing so, he broke the record for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League sea­son, pre­vi­ously set by Luis Suarez, Alan Shearer and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, and claimed the league’s Golden Boot award in his first sea­son with the Reds.

Salah also won the PFA Play­ers’ Player of the Year award and the FWA Foot­baller of the Year award.

Pic­tures: DIANE THOMP­SON, of Cou­ture Foto

Char­lotte Thomp­son, right, en­joy­ing her kick-around in the park with Mo Salah and other pupils at Ot­ter­spool, left – and a group pic­ture, be­low, of all who took part

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