Liverpool star Mohamed Salah should have been sent off for Porto incident – Phil Dowd
Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their quarter-final showdown.
Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were enough for the Reds at Anfield.
However, Mohamed Salah could have seen red in the second half for his tackle on Porto’s Danilo.
The Egypt international tried to shield the ball, however, he caught the Porto defender with a high challenge.
Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz checked the incident with VAR but opted to ignore Porto’s demands of a red card.
However, former Premier League referee Dowd, who works with BT Sport, says Salah should have been sent off.
When asked for this thoughts on the incident, he said: “I think Mohamed Salah should have been sent off.”
And Liverpool fans took to social media to slam Dowd for his comments on their star man.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “Phil Dowd reckons Salah should’ve gone for that non-event. Makes you wonder why BT Sport have got him on.
“Looks bad but totally unintentional. No doubt it’ll be all they focus on for a week now.”
Another added: “Phil Dowd thinking that could have been a straight red for Salah.
“Probably why he’s a former premier league referee like a lot of the rest of them should be. Never even a yellow.”
“Hahahahahaha Phil Dowd thinks Salah should get a red card for trying to shield a ball,” a fellow Liverpool fan added.
“On play officials say sod all. Pretty much sums up how VAR simply substitutes one subjective opinion for another. Rubbish.”
Another said: “Phil dowd saying mo salah should be off. Give over man. Football becoming a non contact sport.”
Liverpool will now turn their attention to the Premier League on Sunday, with the Reds facing Chelsea at Anfield.