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Former Liverpool star hits back at Roy Hodgson over Mo Salah ‘dive’ claims

first_imgDean Saunders has defended Liverpool star Mohamed Salah amid claims he cheated the referee into awarding a penalty during Monday night’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.The Reds were awarded a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time when Salah went down under a clumsy challenge from Mamadou Sakho, which James Milner coolly converted.Palace players were fuming at the decision, and manager Roy Hodgson after the game appeared to accuse Salah of diving to win the spot-kick. Mo Salah is felled in the box for former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho 3 Crystal Palace players fume as the referee points to the spot Roy Hodgson was not happy with Mo Salah – but Dean Saunders insists it was a definite penalty Hodgson admitted his “frustration and anger” at the decision and said: “It’s not a penalty – if that’s a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition.”READ MORE: Sadio Mane sets unique Liverpool record on 150th appearance in English footballBut former Liverpool striker Saunders has hit back at the Eagles boss, saying there was definite contact and that the Hodgson was wrong to point the finger at the Egyptian ace.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Welshman said: “It’s a penalty.“Sakho has had one nibble and then lunged in again.center_img 3 “He’s got too tight to Salah who has rolled him inside, you know how sharp he is, Sakho has stuck his leg out and Salah didn’t go over, but then he’s stick his leg in again, he’s made contact with his shins and he’s gone over.“He tripped him!“I wouldn’t put any blame on Mo Salah at all.” 3 “He’s pinned him as he rolled inside.”Dean Saunders hits back at Roy Hodgson and insists Salah didn’t dive.Do you think it was a dive? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dZnaFJz6CN— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 21, 2018last_img

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