VIDEO: Everton Fan Questions FA Over Salah’s Penalty After Niasse Ruling

1 Posted by - August 22, 2018 - News, Video

The debate over Michael Oliver’s decision to award Mohamed Salah a penalty on the stroke of half-time during Monday night’s game at Selhurst Park continues to rage on with one particular Everton fan quoting the exact words given by the FA when handing Toffees striker Oumar Niasse a suspension for simulation in the wake of their trip to SE25 last season.

Whilst there was undoubtedly contact made between Palace defender Mamadou Sakho and the Reds’ Egyptian talisman, the official statement given to justify Niasse’s ban last term read: “the nature of the contact made by Dann was minimal and would not have thrown Niasse off balance and knock him down in the way he portrayed” an interpretation which goes hand in hand with the theatrical manner in which Salah tumbled to the turf, screaming in anguish as he fell.

Although a retrospective ban for Salah would fail to redress the balance in Palace’s favour, it’s worth remembering that the official title used for Niasse’s suspension was “Successful Deception of a Match Official” which surely leads to the assumption that any obvious exaggeration on the Liverpool frontman’s part should see him facing up to the same punishment ahead of this weekend’s fixtures?

For what it’s worth, I felt as though there was enough contact made by Sakho to justify Michael Oliver pointing to the spot but I do wonder why so many pundits were quick to claim “he’s got every right to go down” when Zaha is routinely labelled as a diver for doing so after being kicked with far more force at a greater pace.

If contact alone is enough to legally prompt a player into going down, neither Niasse nor Salah did anything wrong. If the interpretation rests on an overly theatrical fall in relation to the severity of the contact, the FA have no choice but to treat the Liverpool striker in exactly the same way as the Senegalese star, not that I’ll hold my breath on that front.

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  • Jonny August 22, 2018 - 6:20 am Reply

    Rubbish….one doesn’t even touch the man …I agree and the other Sako tries to trip him 2/3 times. If you put up evidence claiming they are the same you are delusional as most Everton fans are

  • ee signing August 22, 2018 - 6:56 am Reply

    To many pundits with Liverpool allegiances for my taste as Im sure that Everton fan would agree ( mr Carragher I’m looking at you) but Niasses effort was actually more blatant as I recall

  • Ann Onymous August 22, 2018 - 7:36 am Reply

    Maybe Niasses’s was more theatrical, but then again he had much more pace when going down. Salah practically stood still, then just fell over. Definately with the purpose to fool the referee and gain a penalty. Should definately be banned if the FA want some coherence in this rule… But we know they don’t…

  • Alexander Crothers August 22, 2018 - 7:42 am Reply

    Yes unlike when Calvert-Lewin went down like a sack of spuds after Lovren brushed the dandruff of his shirt ,stealing a wholly undeserved point. Afterwards Fat Sam was adamant a penalty was the correct decision because Lovren gave the referee a decision to make. Apparently this is different though!

    As a footnote I just want to add how thrilled I am at all the hate coming our way from opposition fans, shows they are worried.

    • Keith aston August 22, 2018 - 9:48 am Reply

      To Mr crothers Calvert Lewis was pushed in the back at speed by love who had lost his marker.If I pushed you when you were running at speed you would probably fall over would not damage your brain as I don’t think you have one

    • Ann Onymous August 22, 2018 - 12:36 pm Reply

      What’s Calvert-Lewin got do with the subject.. Stick to the topic, Salah should be banned, end of… but he won’t be, because of the coward FA…

  • ee signing August 22, 2018 - 11:27 am Reply

    Mr Crothers if you win the league it is no skin off our nose, or Evertons come to that. Just cant stand your ex players completely failing the, shall I say, balance test when working as pundits. You will be on tv a lot this year and the thought of listening to Carragher and Souness all season makes my blood turn cold.

  • Dave August 22, 2018 - 12:49 pm Reply

    Sour grapes you win some you lose some. stop bleating .i remember Bolton getting a goal disallowed against Everton they went down Everton stayed up these things happen

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