FA bottle decision and refuse to punish Mohamed Salah for cheating
The FA have acted quickly to reassure Liverpool that they won’t be punishing Mohamed Salah for cheating.
The Egyptian international having thrown himself to the ground after Paul Dummett touched his arm.
The TV replays clearly showing the Liverpool player having conned the match officials to win a penalty.
The incident two minutes into the second half saw Mohamed Salah put away the resultant penalty, putting the home side two up after an uninspiring first half against a poor Newcastle side.
However, at 2-0 up it became a different game and Liverpool dominated thereafter.
Clear examples of cheating such as this one by Mohamed Salah, where the culprit gets away with it, are now punished by a two match retrospective ban.
Instead though the FA have claimed that the incident did not meet the ‘threshold for deception of a match official’ and informed Liverpool that the player won’t face a ban.
Mohamed Salah would have missed matches against Arsenal and Manchester City but conveniently, he is now free to play in them.
Newcastle fans will believe two things to be 100% true.
Firstly, if it had happened at the other end of the pitch, the Newcastle player would not have been given the penalty.
Secondly, if by some miracle such a penalty had been awarded to Newcastle, the player who had cheated to win it, would have been punished with a retrospective two game ban.
It is little surprise that Newcastle supporters are so sceptical of equal/fair treatment, when it will shortly be five years (January 2014) since a Premier League player was last sent off against Newcastle.
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