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Fowler: Mohamed Salah is being targeted for where he comes from

Fowler: Mohamed Salah is being targeted for where he comes from

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has defended from accusations of diving, saying Salah is being criticised because he isn’t English.

The Egyptian has faced a lot of criticism recently for diving after winning three penalties in the Premier League this season.

He also attracted attention for looking to win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace, which made the likes of Mark Clattenburg and Garth Crooks accuse him of cheating.

Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler is frustrated by the accusations against Salah, saying the Egyptian is only being blasted for “where he comes from”.

“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote for The Mirror.

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“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.

“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.

“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!)

“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.

“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player. If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable,” he added.

Mohamed Salah is leading the Premier League Golden Boot race with 16 goals, two ahead of Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Liverpool are currently top of the English Premier League and their next game will be against Leicester City at home on Wednesday, January 29.

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