Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, will reportedly play in the crucial clash against Manchester City on Thursday, after the Football Association decided not to sanction him over an incident in the game against Arsenal over the weekend, ESPN has said.
The Senegalese put his hands on Stephan Lichtsteiner’s throat in a reaction to the way the defender blocked his attempt to reach a pass from Roberto Fabinho during his side’s 5-1 demolition of the Gunners in a Week 20 Premier League game.
The incident was seen by referee Michael Oliver, who awarded Arsenal free-kick; meaning no further action will be taken.
After grabbing Lichtsteiner, Mane gestured to indicate that he felt he had been elbowed, but the report said the FA would not take action against Lichtsteiner either.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said Mohamed Salah did not dive after the forward was accused of going down too easily to win a penalty for the second time in a week.
Salah won and converted a spot-kick against Arsenal, when he was adjudged to have been brought down by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who confronted him during the half-time.
The Egyptian also won a controversial penalty on Boxing Day against Newcastle.
“Do we need blood for a proper penalty? I think no. In that moment, if you don’t touch Mo and he makes the next step and shoots — and we know he’s pretty good at that — these are the situations,” Klopp said.
“I haven’t seen it back [with Sokratis] and I have no clue about what happened around it, but the ref really was close to it. We don’t have divers, and that was not a dive. The other one is not a dive. The ref decides it.
“In three-and-a-half years, we have had more penalties not given when they were penalties.”