Sky Sports’ resident refereeing expert Dermot Gallagher has revealed he would be shocked if any retrospective action is taken against Liverpool star Mohamed Salah after the 0-0 draw against Stoke City on Saturday.
The Reds were forced to share a point with the relegation-threatened Potters in a game lacking in quality and cutting edge, with the biggest talking points the decisions made by the officials.
Of those, it was an incident involving Salah and Bruno Martins Indi which was the most hotly debated, with many claiming that they Egyptian star had lashed out with a punch against the Stoke defender, an offence which would carry a three match ban for violent conduct.
However, former top flight referee Gallagher admits he would be astounded if anything were to come of the accusations, backing Andre Marriner’s decision to take no action at Anfield.
He wrote in his column for Sky Sports: “I would be astonished if that got processed for two reasons:
“A) He has flicked out, I will admit that, but b) if you look at it again, the referee [Marriner] is looking directly at it and he could not be better placed, it is uninterrupted.
“Correct decision, no red card.”
Salah has been in explosive form this season, with 43 goals and 15 assists in his 48 appearances across all competitions.
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Talking points like these always have fans arguing in person and on social media and this is another which will firmly divide opinion. Some will claim the Egyptian winger has purposefully meant to hit and harm the Stoke man, while others will state that he is simply trying to shrug off the attentions of Martins Indi – only Salah himself will know which was the case. As for Gallagher’s verdict, Liverpool fans will be hoping he is right and that no further action is taken, for they would loath to lose him for the final games of what has been a mightily impressive campaign for both the club and the player. If he was banned though, at least he would be rested for a potential Champions League final appearance – silver linings and all that.
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