Journalist responds to suggestions that Mohamed Salah could be banned for 'dive' v Newcastle

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It wasn’t a bad Boxing Day for Liverpool, was it?

Not only did they comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield, but title rivals Manchester City slipped up once again, losing 2-1 to Leicester.

It meant that Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points, with Tottenham now Liverpool’s nearest challengers.

But Klopp and everyone associated with Liverpool won’t be getting carried away just yet.

That’s because they’ve got two crunch games coming up against Arsenal and then Man City in the coming week.

Win both of them and there can be no denying that Liverpool are title favourites.

But will they have to make do with Salah in those two games?


That’s the suggestion some fans are making anyway after the Egyptian won a very soft in the second-half during the win against Newcastle.

Paul Dummett gave Salah a little tug on the arm but the PFA Player of the Year went down rather theatrically.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot and Salah stepped up to put Liverpool 2-0 ahead.

But could Salah be punished for his exaggerated fall?

Well, it happened to Everton’s Oumar Niasse last season.

An independent regulatory commission said "the nature of the contact made by Dann was minimal and would not have thrown Niasse off balance and knock him down in the way he portrayed.”

Could the same now apply to Salah?

One man that certainly thinks so if former Premier League referee Mark Halsey who, on Wednesday evening, tweeted: "Sean Dyche will be spiting feathers watching this tonight, imo if we are going to rid this disease of simulation Salah has to face retrospective action and receive a 2 match Ban."

Well, Raphael Honigstein gave his honest opinion and came to the conclusion that it was “very improbable” that Salah would receive a ban.

Still, it could be a nervy few days for Liverpool fans to discover whether or not they will have to make do without their star man for their two biggest games of the season so far.

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