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Salah very fortunate not to be sent off against Porto, says Mark Clattenburg

Salah very fortunate not to be sent off against Porto, says Mark Clattenburg

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Former Premier League referee  believes should have been sent off against Porto for his horror tackle on Danilo Pereira.

Liverpool managed to take a huge advantage to the Estádio do Dragão following their 2-0 victory at Anfield, thanks to first-half strikes from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Salah was chasing down a loose ball, before the Egyptian ended up going into the Pereira’s shin with his studs.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz didn’t even give the Liverpool winger a yellow card, and Mark Clattenburg says Salah was lucky to escape the punishment.

“Mo Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto’s Danilo Pereira,” Clattenburg said.

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“The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.

“UEFA guidelines on this type of challenge are clear – anything with studs above the ankle is a red card.

“The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area, where I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg,” he added.

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Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol had the same opinion as Clattenburg as he felt that Salah deserved a red card.

“I would agree with you 100 per-cent,” he said, about Salah wrongly escaping punishment.

“I thought it was a red. Fortunately, Mo Salah was not going for the player. He completely misjudged where the ball was and went over the top of him.

“I don’t think he had any intention whatsoever of catching the player.

“But it was reckless, it endangered the opponent, and it should have been a red, whether he means it or not,” Nicol added.

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