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Milivojevic tried to convince Salah to ‘tell referee it’s not penalty’

Milivojevic tried to convince Salah to 'tell referee it’s not penalty'

Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

captain  believes the referee was wrong to award a penalty against Crystal Palace on Monday.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time after referee Michael Oliver adjudged Mamadou Sakho to have fouled Mohamed Salah.

READ: Roy Hodgson slams Salah penalty decision

James Milner stepped up and converted from the spot to give the Reds a 1-0 lead at Selhurst Park before Sadio Mane sealed all three points in the dying minutes of the game.

And the Crystal Palace captain has revealed he attempted to convince Salah to tell the referee that the penalty shouldn’t be awarded.

Milivojevic insists that Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egyptian should not have been awarded as a penalty, saying the Egyptian had gone down too easily.

“I told him [Salah] ‘Say to the referee it’s not a penalty’. But he said it was. From his point of view, it was a penalty,” Milivojevic revealed.

Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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“From my point of view on the field (in front of Mama and Salah), it was not a penalty – and now I’ve seen the image after the game, for me – it was clear, it was not a penalty.

“He fell down and for the referee, it was a penalty. I did not see the contact on Salah. For me it was clear; it was not a penalty. That is football.

“But I want to say – Michael Oliver is one of the best in the country. They’re human beings, and they make mistakes sometimes.

“In his opinion, he did the right thing. As players, we have to respect the referee. We are not a team who will cry over that penalty, we just carry on,” he added.

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