Fans Are Questioning Gary Neville's Comments On Two Penalty Decisions Involving Liverpool
Gary Neville has found himself at the centre of social media chatter after fans have questioned his comments on two penalty incidents involving Liverpool.
The Manchester United legend wasn't sold on the penalty awarded to the Reds in their 2-0 victory over Cardiff City, saying that the challenge from Sean Morrison on Mohamed Salah saw the Liverpool star throw "himself to the ground."
He said the following on commentary: "There was a point where he looked like he was grappling with Salah. At that point, you think 'get off him now.'
"He makes the first mistake there, Firmino closes it down -- and then Salah takes him into the box where he wants him.
"I don't think it's a penalty. If anything, he's a little bit clumsy. He has a hold of him there initially. It's just scrappy and horrible. Messy. You can see why Martin Atkinson's given it.
"But they are just grappling for the ball. He just stays too long doing that, Morrison."
The Sky Sports pundit went even further when he saw the slow-motion replays, mainly for how he accused Salah of diving in the foul.
"When we slow it down it looks like it's a lot longer than it maybe is. It's certainly clumsy from Morrison. He knows what he's doing, Salah. He throws himself to the ground," he explained.
"I think Morrison could have been a little bit more clever as a centre-back. Yeah, be aggressive, but certainly get your hands off him."
Of course, this has sparked a conversation on social media over the 44-year-old former England international's analysis.
In fact, fans have pointed to the penalty awarded in Liverpool's clash with Everton at Anfield in 2017, with former Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney converting from the spot kick.
The penalty was awarded after Dejan Lovren fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with many questioning the little contact that was made in the challenge.
However, Neville believed that the correct decision was made to hand Everton a penalty, which ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw.
"Look, it's soft the penalty, Lovren's complaining at the end, he's whinging at the referee. But I always think if you give the referee a chance...and he did," he said.
"It's just those hands, you can see it from behind better. It's naive from Lovren, it's naive.
"I think Calvert-Lewin knows exactly what he's doing, it is a soft penalty. He has gone down for it, he's played for it absolutely he has.
"But I think Lovren is experienced enough to know what is going to happen now.
"It's not as if it's his first game in football and I think Liverpool have only got themselves to blame, just not really taking the chances that they should have done."
As posted below, social media users are sceptical about Neville's views.
Gary Neville: "Nah it's not really a penalty, he hardly touched him"
Morrison marking Salah: pic.twitter.com/LvfwrKVtHr
- Stanley House (@StanleyHouseLFC) 21 April 2019
Neville's mask has slipped with his comments on the Salah penalty
- John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) 21 April 2019
Go compare what you said about Calvert Lewin getting that pen against Lovren in the derby at anfield vs what you said about salah yesterday.
- Shajir Ahmed (@shajirahmed) 22 April 2019
Lol, can't even make up the fact Gary Neville called Lovren touching Calvert-Lewin the box clumsy defending. Yet Morrison putting Salah in a million dollar dream for a good 30 seconds is soft and going down easy. Can't write it man.
- Milan (@FirminosTeeth_) 22 April 2019
Just watching the Cardiff/Liverpool match again and Gary Neville's assessment of the Salah penalty is absolutely hilarious. I think Gary had a bad day yesterday? :joy::joy::joy::joy:
- Michael Starke (@MichaelStarke57) 22 April 2019
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