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Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock compares Salah to Olympic diver

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock compares Salah to Olympic diver

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boss Neil Warnock has accused of diving during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds on Sunday.

Liverpool snatched a tough three points against Cardiff City in Wales to return top of the Premier League table, thanks to a strike from Georginio Wijnaldum and a James Milner penalty.

The penalty was awarded in the 75th minute after Mohamed Salah was held back by Cardiff defender Sean Morrison, but Warnock believes it was a soft call by referee Martin Atkinson.

The 70-year-old criticised Salah and compared him to Olympic diver Tom Daley, adding that his side should have been awarded a penalty minutes before Liverpool’s one.

“Once again, one or two things have gone against us, but I’m always like that, aren’t I?” Warnock told talkSPORT.

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“There would be a lot of penalties in matches if you give things like that. It’s a soft penalty. At the end of the tugging, the theatrics of the dive were a solid 9.9. It’s a Tom Daley job, that.

“It’s not just the [Liverpool] penalty, I think we should’ve had a penalty after half-time.

“When you look at the way Robertson’s pulled his shirt, all of the television pundits say it’s a penalty by the letter of the law.

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“But they get away with it. They say the sun might’ve been in the linesman’s eyes.”

Following the win, Liverpool return top with 88 points, two more than second-placed Man City, who still have a game in hand.

The Reds’ next game will be against already-relegated Huddersfield Town on Friday, April 26, while Man City will face arch-rivals Man United two days earlier.

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