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Mark Clattenburg notices Mohamed Salah puts his hands above his head when going to ground.

Mark Clattenburg notices that Mo Salah throws his hands above his head when trying to win fouls

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Mohamed Salah is a tremendous footballer.

Since joining Liverpool in 2017, he has scored 63 times in 83 appearances and has emerged into one of the best players in the world.

However, he has earned a reputation as a 'diver' in recent times.

In the past few weeks Salah has attracted criticism for going down easily in order to try and win a foul from the referee.

He won a penalty against Newcastle and, although there was contact, it was only minimal and Salah was criticised as a result.

And he tried to win a penalty again against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

This time there was no contact, with Salah going to ground under pressure from Mamadou Sakho.

Watch the moment below:

The referee on the day, Jonathan Moss, did well by not giving Salah a penalty.

It really was theatrical and it did not look good on Salah's part.

Mark Clattenburg, who served as a referee for 14 years, has given his verdict on the incident.

The 43-year-old thinks the criticism for Salah is correct and believes Moss should have issued him a yellow card.

"Mo Salah went down with no contact from Mamadou Sakho," he wrote in the Daily Mail.

"It's irrelevant that he did not appeal for a penalty, because he was trying to deceive referee Jonathan Moss, who should have issued a yellow card.

Mohamed Salah during Liverpool v Crystal Palace

"Salah was accused of going down easily to win penalties against Arsenal and Newcastle. In all these situations, he has no chance to score, so it seems he prefers to try to win a penalty.

"As he is Liverpool's penalty taker, he will know winning a spot-kick means he has a free shot at goal. He is then likely to increase his chances of winning the Golden Boot."

Clattenburg went on to claim that he has noticed that Salah always puts his hands in an unnatural position when going down, something he believes referees are looking out for.

"One thing I have noticed is that when Salah goes down to try to win penalties, his hands go above his head.

Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool to a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday

"This is what officials look for when trying to see if a player has simulated. Usually, if you are knocked over, you put your hands straight out to break your fall.

"Until the introduction of VAR, if a player simulates, a suspension should follow - irrespective of the referee's decision."

Interesting stuff from the former Premier League referee.

He could be on to something. On reflection, he made the same motion in the penalty decision against Newcastle.

If Saturday's incident is anything to go by, it shows that referees have now wised up to Salah's actions and are looking out for signs to show whenever he is diving or not.

Do you think Mo Salah should have been yellow carded for his 'dive' against Crystal Palace? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

Topics:
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Mamadou Sakho
Mohamed Salah
Crystal Palace
Arsenal
Newcastle United
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