Mohamed Salah will be available to play against Arsenal and Manchester City after it emerged he will not face any ban for diving.
The Liverpool star took a tumble early in the second half of the Reds’ 4-0 win against Newcastle, earning a penalty, much to the dismay of Magpies boss Rafa Benitez.
An FA panel – made up of one ex-ref, an ex-manager and an ex-player – were due to meet on Thursday to decide whether or not referee Graham Scott was ‘deceived’.
However, after reviewing footage of the incident, it merits no action as it did not meet The FA’s threshold for deception of a match official.
Liverpool were 1-0 ahead at the time of the spot kick, which Salah scored and Benitez was one of many to believe the player went to ground too easily.
“At the start of the second half there was a soft penalty,” he said.
“It’s hard when you’re 2-0 down. If you have chances and don’t take them or make mistakes it is difficult. The first goal is a mistake and the second is key in terms of confidence.”
As reported by The Sun, if the FA Panel had unanimously concluded there was “clear and overwhelming evidence that the player intentionally deceived the match officials” then Salah would have been given a two-game ban.
That would have meant Liverpool playing Arsenal and Manchester City without their top scoring man, who has 12 Premier League goals so far.
Liverpool’s win against Newcastle opened up a six-point gap at the top of the table, but manager Jurgen Klopp said it means nothing.
After the game, manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about his side’s six-point lead at the top of the table.
“We play Arsenal and City [in our next two games], so it’s good that we have six or seven points more than other teams,” he told the club’s official website.
“But that’s pretty much all. What we wanted to do all the time [was] create a situation, a basis for the rest of the season and now the first part of the season is over,” he added, acknowledging there is still a long way to go.
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