Former referee Mark Halsey has declared that Mohamed Salah should be banned for his ‘dive’ against Newcastle.
Liverpool were given a 47th-minute penalty after Salah went to ground under the challenge of Paul Dummett.
The Newcastle defender touched Salah’s left arm but the Egyptian made a meal of the contact and could face retrospective action when an FA disciplinary panel meet on Thursday.
Halsey told The Sun: “Mo Salah should face a two-match ban if the simulation panel
“Newcastle defender Paul Dummett does put his hand on Salah’s arm, but the Liverpool forward does not need to go to ground in that manner and it is an act of simulation.
“Oumar Niasse and Manuel Lanzini were given two-game suspensions for ‘deception of a match official’ last season.
“Salah has gone to ground just as easily as they did and could easily face the same punishment.
“The authorities need to act quickly because incidents like this are happening too often in the best league in the world.”
Salah dusted himself down to convert the spot-kick to double Liverpool’s lead as the hosts ran out 4-0 winners.