Sadio Mane 'lucky' to escape extended ban as Liverpool controversy analysed - pundit
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could have been sent off against Newcastle United, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 30-year-old “has been lucky” to escape punishment in the Reds’ last two Premier League games.
Mane was penalised for a late tackle on Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in Liverpool’s 1-0 win at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
However, referee Andre Marriner did not deem the tackle worthy of a red card and VAR official Mike Dean agreed with his colleague.
It was the second week running that Mane has been involved in a controversial incident.
The Senegal international escaped a band following altercations with Allan and Mason Holgate in the Merseyside derby last month.
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When asked for his assessment of the Dubravka incident, Campbell told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “Listen, Mane has been lucky for a couple of weeks now.
“What is VAR there for? What does it do? Is it not there to help the referee to make a decision.
“Are the officials ignoring it because it is Mane and Liverpool? I don’t know.
“It is a difficult one because he could have been sent off for that. I have seen players sent off for a lot less than that. Mane has got away with it again.
“There is not much more to say. I don’t want to talk in fantasy. The reality is, he was high and he made contact with the goalkeeper’s leg. It was a high challenge.”