Egyptian player and Liverpool winger, Mohammed Salah, has been attacked for going down easily in the penalty box thereby winning his club penalties.
Former Liverpool player, Robbie Fowler claimed that the winger is being criticised for diving because he his a non-English player.
The likes of Garth Crooks and John Aldridge, have called on the player not to earn a reputation for going down easily like former club striker, Luis Suarez.
Fowler has, however, defended the 26-year-old player against the criticism.
“I was never one for diving if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote for The Mirror.
“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.
“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.
“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!)
“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.
“It seems like stereotyping, and possibly because he’s an overseas player. If that is the case, it’s totally unacceptable.”
Salah is on course to retain the Premier League Golden Boot this season as he leads the scorer’s chart with 16 goals from 23 matches.
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