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Former Premier League referee says Salah was ‘fortunate not to be sent off’ against Porto

Mark Clattenberg believes Mohamed Salah was ‘fortunate not to be sent off’ during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a comfortable advantage to take into the second leg in Portugal next week, though former Premier League referee Clattenberg believes forward Salah will be fortunate to be playing in the reverse fixture.

“Mo Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto’s Danilo Pereira,” Clattenburg told the Mail.

“The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.

“UEFA guidelines on this type of challenge are clear – anything with studs above the ankle is a red card.

“The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area, where I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg.”