Liverpool have written to the Football Association demanding answers over referees’ treatment of Mohamed Salah over the course of the season.
At the center of a controversial decision that went unpunished during Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur last month, Salah was withdrawn by defender Ben Davies but saw no action against the Welshman by Paul Tierney. Spurs then went to the other side of the pitch and scored, leaving Jurgen Klopp stunned on the touchline.
Liverpool would react immediately to Richarlison’s goal, resulting in an emotional celebration of the goal and controversial post-match comments from Klopp about Tierney’s performance. Hearing his punishment for his actions yesterday afternoon, the Reds boss was fined £75,000 and given a two-game touchline ban by the FA for his comments.
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Klopp faced similar disciplinary action in October, again triggered by a challenge on Liverpool’s number 11. The Portuguese midfielder was dragged to the ground by Bernardo Silva in The Reds’ 1-0 win over Manchester City, but remarkably saw his tackle ignored by referee Anthony Taylor.
Referring to these incidents in a letter to the FA, a statement read: “The letter from Liverpool went further, explaining its belief that Salah had not been treated fairly by a number of refereeing decisions during the season. allegations against Mr Tierney, Liverpool pointed to the fact that it had been involved in what it considered to be a number of questionable decisions involving the club, which, it said, had led to a degree of sensitivity in relation to Mr Tierney. ‘
Reportedly fouled every 98.8 minutes in the Premier League this season, this statistic dwarfs Jack Grealish’s figure of 27.2. Asked after Liverpool’s win over Tottenham if this surprised him, Klopp said: “Yes, these statistics are surprising. I know them [the statistics] also. He constantly has the ball at his feet, Mo is a dribbler and scores an insane amount of goals over the years and that’s it. I don’t know how Mo handles all this.”
“With Silva’s decision taken into account and now this offense, it’s the same penalty. I do not understand. If nothing happens after that, it’s done and dusted off, but we conced a goal 35 seconds after this incident.”
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