Former Premier League referee Clattenburg: Salah prefers to try to win a penalty
Mohamed Salah scored a brace in Liverpool’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace securing his side to the top of the table spot. However, he was accused of simulation again when he went to ground in the first half in a challenge with defender Mamadou Sakho.
The 26-year-old and his teammates were awarded four penalties in their last four Premier League matches, with Salah winning three of them. Because of that, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp defended the star after accusations of simulation following the team’s victory over Arsenal.
“Mo Salah went down with no contact from Mamadou Sakho. It’s irrelevant that he did not appeal for a penalty, because he was trying to deceive referee Jonathan Moss, who should have issued a yellow card,” Mark Clattenburg told the Daily Mail.
“Salah was accused of going down easily to win penalties against Arsenal and Newcastle. In all these situations, he has no chance to score, so it seems he prefers to try to win a penalty,” the current Head of Refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation added.
First accusations against Salah came after Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claiming that Salah should receive a two-game ban and Burnley boss Sean Dyche slamming the English FA for not banning him.
“As he is Liverpool’s penalty taker, he will know winning a spot-kick means he has a free shot at goal. He is then likely to increase his chances of winning the Golden Boot. One thing I have noticed is that when Salah goes down to try to win penalties, his hands go above his head.
“This is what officials look for when trying to see if a player has simulated. Usually, if you are knocked over, you put your hands straight out to break your fall.
“Until the introduction of VAR, if a player simulates, a suspension should follow – irrespective of the referee’s decision.”
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