Mark Clattenburg argues Salah won ‘two soft penalties’ against Newcastle, Arsenal
Former Premier League referee has accused the English FA of being weak over the incident which saw Mohamed Salah win two penalties against Newcastle and Arsenal.
Liverpool had thrashed Newcastle a week ago in a dominant 4-0 win, which saw Salah winning a penalty after he was pulled by the Magpies’ defender Paul Dummett.
The 26-year-old managed to win another penalty three days later in the Reds’ 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, which made him face criticism for alleged simulation by many, but the Football Association announced he will not be facing any action.
“Diving has once again become a problem in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah won two soft penalties in three days and Harry Kane was booked for simulation against Wolves,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.
“It is time the FA got strict and their panel must be ruthless when reviewing incidents. If referee Michael Oliver had decided Salah dived against Arsenal, Salah would have received no punishment other than caution.
“But if the panel decided retrospectively that he dived, he would receive a ban. It’s flawed. The only way to kill diving is if the FA are strong.
“People have said Salah did not dive against Newcastle on Boxing Day, so are we saying that contact was enough to knock him down?”
“What will happen when video technology comes in? Will they see that hand on his left arm and decide it is a spot-kick?” he added.
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