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'Salah Is Not Cheating, He's Playing To The Law'

Liverpool legend John Barnes has come out to defend Mohamed Salah, who has been accused of going down too easily.

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The Egyptian star won his side a penalty against West Ham United last week, although David Moyes claimed the forward went down too easily.

However, Barnes feels the Reds striker is simply playing by the rules when it comes to winning a penalty.

“I don’t think he was acting out of line at all,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

“The law says, obviously, if there's contact, you can go down, so you can't blame people for doing it.

“If they were to change the law to say that the contact has to be enough for you to go down, not just because you've been touched to go down, then that's a different debate to be had altogether. But at the moment, the law states that if you are touched, you can go down.

“Was it a soft award - yes it was and Salah, like most players would have done, made the most of it.

“With Salah’s experience, he knows that being manhandled inside the penalty box is no guarantee for a foul to be awarded, but by going to the ground, officials have to make a decision - in one way or another.

“So therefore, I have no criticism of anybody doing it and it’s not cheating at all. All it is is playing to the law.”

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