Fans Accuse Mohamed Salah Of Diving To Win ‘Soft’ Penalty Vs Manchester City
Mohamad Salah earned and converted a penalty against Manchester City - but fans on Twitter accused the Liverpool attacker of going down far too easily.
Salah was undoubtedly pulled back by Ruben Dias as he ran towards the City goal just after the hour mark. However Salah chose to theatrically throw himself to the turf in order to make this clear to the referee.
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Fans were strongly divided on social media with many pointing out that, by the letter of the law, it was clearly a penalty - while others claimed Salah's actions were against the spirit of the game.
Salah knows he's not getting his touch, feels the contact, sees John Stones across on the cover, launches himself to the floor.- Joey Barton:blue_heart: (@Joey7Barton) February 7, 2021
Too many soft pens in the modern game. Game is being ruined by this nonsense.
It's a contact sport!
Just praying Salah can recover from this vicious tackle pic.twitter.com/mP5U3AcNbf- blake (@blakefink4) February 7, 2021
I'm not saying it isn't a penalty, because it is, and I'm not saying he's alone in this, because he isn't, but I just find it sad that we all willingly accept that Salah was right to throw himself dramatically to the floor after feeling a hand on his arm. It's a foul AND a dive.- Huw Davies (@thehuwdavies) February 7, 2021
Horrible dive by Salah, but once the pen is given that surely has to be a red card. No attempt to play the ball at all and clearly a goal scoring opportunity. The inconsistency is painful.- Charles Watts (@charles_watts) February 7, 2021
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Mo Salah really angers me, he does that dive to win a penalty at least 4-5 times a season..- Conor Scott ⚒ (@ConorEScott) February 7, 2021
Salah's powerfully converted penalty briefly gave Liverpool an equaliser at Anfield. However Ilkay Gundogan's second goal of the game - after an error by Alisson - put Manchester City into a 2-1 lead shortly afterwards.
Another Alisson howler than gave Raheem Sterling the chance to make it 3-1 to Manchester City. Then a Phil Foden wonder-strike at the end gave the away side a convincing 4-1 win - City's first victory at Anfield since 2003.
Man City wins 4-1, Karma got back at Liverpool for Salah's imaginary penalty pic.twitter.com/sa55czxhqK- Barça Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) February 7, 2021
Many fans seemed to suggest that the penalty decision in Salah's favour was correct, but also that the 28-year-old made a meal of the challenge from City defender Dias.
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