Soccer Football - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Liverpool v FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2019 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action with FC Porto's Danilo Pereira REUTERS/Phil Noble
CAIRO – 10 April 2019: Former English referee, Mark Clattenburg, revealed on Wednesday that Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, deserved a red card during the game against Porto at UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg at Anfield.
Salah tackled Porto’s midfielder, Danilo Pereira, during the first half of the game and the former referee believes that Salah was lucky to escape the punishment.
“Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto’s Danilo Pereira, the Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.” Clattenburg said.
The game Spanish referee, Antonio Lahoz, whistled a foul for the Portuguese defender but he did not give the Egyptian winger even a yellow card.
Clattenburg added “The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area, where I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg,”
Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 on Tuesday to take a massive step towards reaching the semifinals of the competition.
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