Penalty Dive: Mohammed Salah escapes FA punishment

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Salah has escaped a punishment action by the FA after he earned a 47th-minute penalty during Liverpool’s 4-0 win on Wednesday.

Salah fell down after a challenge from Newcastle’s Paul Dummett.

The Liverpool forward is now cleared to play in the Red’s crunch games against Arsenal and Manchester City in the coming days.

Although Dummet did pull Salah’s arm, footage of the incident showed the Egyptian overreacted to the challenge. However, as contact was made, the FA has ruled it did not meet the required threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.

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The incident occurred at the beginning of the second-half after a Dejan Lovren half-volley put the team 1-0 up in the 11th minute. Mo Salah went on to convert the spot kick before Xherdan Shaqiri (79) and Fabinho (85) put the result of reach of the Tynesiders.

Following the game Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez labelled the penalty award “soft”, saying it had happened at a “crucial” moment of play.

“The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team,He told Sky sport.

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“The second goal was crucial, it gave them more confidence and was more difficult for us, you have to take more risks, be more open then you make more mistakes and pay for that.”

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