By Keith Hackett

7th Feb, 2022 | 6:44pm

Ibrahima Konate: Referee 'manipulated his position' as controversial Liverpool footage analysed - ex-Fifa official

Keith Hackett has heaped praise on Andy Madley for his decision not to award Cardiff City a penalty in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool yesterday (6 February).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee hailed Madley’s positioning as Ibrahima Konate and Mark Harris came together in the box.

In the first half, Harris got past Konate before checking his movement to run across the line of the defender before falling to the ground.

Madley waved away Cardiff’s appeals and the game was allowed to continue.

“As you can see from the clip, I think Andy Madley was in a great position,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It wasn’t a penalty kick, for me. The player went down after clearly running across the defender. He’s clearly manipulating his position to get a clash of that nature.

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“I thought this was a really good piece of officiating. Look at this and his positioning, he gives a positive ‘No’ and he’s getting on with the game.

“It was a really good game from Andy Madley.

“The reality is in that situation, positioning is so important. He was ideally positioned. Credit to him, he accelerated and was in a position to sell his decision. A really good piece of refereeing, no question.”

Liverpool’s victory at Anfield has set up a fifth-round tie with fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich City.

Dean Smith’s side will travel to Merseyside next month (2 March) for the fourth game between the two sides this season.

In other news, Liverpool are holding talks over a February deal after personal terms are agreed.