'A red all day long!': Salah shockingly escapes sending off for UCL horror tackle (PHOTOS/VIDEO)
Liverpool's star forward Mohamed Salah remarkably went unpunished after a nasty over-the-top challenge went unnoticed by both the match referee and VAR officials during the UEFA Champions League tie versus Porto.
Salah was looking to break into the penalty area in search of a third Liverpool goal during his side's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory over FC Porto when the ball broke clear and he stretched to challenge Porto defender Danilo.
But while the Porto man deflected the ball clear of danger, Salah's challenge connected over the top of the ball, as he crashed studs-first into the shin of the Brazilian international.
Salah got away this one btw.. not even a yellow. pic.twitter.com/ydhu6YhSno— 𝓭𝓸𝓷 (@CFCDon) April 9, 2019
The challenge may have been missed by the officials, but it wasn't missed by the world's broadcasters who showed slow-motion replays of the dangerous challenge - or by the fans on social media, who shared their take on the Egyptian's nasty-looking challenge.
Liverpool fan Stu Milligan admitted his side was incredibly lucky not to have seen their star man dismissed for the challenge, tweeting: How on earth have we still got 11 men on the pitch? That Salah tackle was a red all day long."
How on earth have we still got 11 men on the pitch. That Salah tackle was a red all day long. #LIVPOR— Stu Milligan (@stu_milligan) April 9, 2019
Another Twitter user suggested it was an example of bias by officials towards the Anfield club, tweeting: "How is that not a red for Salah? Never in my life have I seen a club like Liverpool have so much go their way, absurd."
How is that not a red for salah? Never in my life have I seen a club like Liverpool have so much go their way, absurd🤷🏻♂️— Joe (@JoeScullion17) April 9, 2019
Real Madrid fan @Ultra_Suristic suggested the referee may have acted differently had the challenge been by Danilo on Salah, rather than the other way around.
How did Salah escape a red card after this? That too with VAR? Can only imagine if he was at the end of this. pic.twitter.com/BFRbPoF9ud— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) April 9, 2019
Manchester United fan account @TheManUtdWay used the incident to highlight the basic flaw with VAR; the fact that it still comes down to the opinions of the human beings using it.
A reminder that Paul Pogba was sent off in the Champions League va PSG for this, just a FEW WEEKS ago. VAR is a great addition to football, but it is still the opinion of a human looking at it. Genuinely have no idea how Salah doesn’t see red there. pic.twitter.com/9BfWg4Zdtu— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) April 9, 2019
And, as the internet's non-Liverpool fans took to Twitter to sound off about Salah's challenge, @MoSalahFacts dived into the GIF pool for the perfect animation to illustrate the furore around the Egyptian's challenge.
Salah makes a challenge and gets away with it - is he lucky there? Rival fans be like pic.twitter.com/n1ZKRX78EC— Mo Salah Facts (@MoSalahFacts) April 9, 2019