'Salah Victim Of Discrimination In England'
A former Liverpool striker claims that the recent criticism aimed Mohamed Salah is unjust and comes as a result of him being a foreign player in the Premier League.
The Egypt international recently reached a unique milestone with the Anfield based-outfit, netting his 50th Premier League goal in only his 72nd appearance to equal former Reds striker Fernando Torres' long-standing record.
However, Salah came under criticism for his role in winning spotkicks in victories against Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace respectively, but former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says that the backlash is completely unjust.
"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," he is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"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."
Fowler was quick to acknowledge that Salah wasn't squeaky-clean, but maintained that the 26-year-old is harshly judged.
"Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit theatrically, sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily," he added/
"Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s almost always been kicked.
"In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he be getting the decision? No chance.
"If Salah were this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?
"Think about that. In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.
"Yes, times have changed from when I hated the idea of going down.
"But, as for the suspicion and stereotyping of overseas players, maybe they haven’t changed enough."
Salah has netted 19 goals, while being on hand to assist a further eight times in the 31 games in all competitions thus far this season.
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