Reds number 10 Sadio Mane, who performed exceptionally well on Saturday afternoon against Leicester City, has come under fire for a supposed ‘dive’ to win the penalty kick which was converted by James Milner in the fifth minute of added time in the second half.
After feeling contact inside the box, the Senegalese hit the deck, forcing referee Chris Kavanagh to point to the spot. VAR checked the decision, delaying the taking of the penalty, but the decision stood and Milner coolly slotted home.
Pundits were predictably outraged over the call, while fans of other teams bemoaned the Reds’ ‘luck’, despite the fact Leicester only had two shots in the entire game and were not worthy of a point over the course of the 90 minutes.
As the criticism for Mane came flowing in, Reds fans all made the same point: when Harry Kane dives, he has invited contact and was entitled to go to ground, whereas when a foreign player goes down easily, he is a cheat.
Englishman Kane goes to ground in the box, Shearer and Lineker :
“There’s contact, he’s entitled to go down. 100% penalty for me.”
Foreigner Mané gets kicked and goes down, Lineker :
“Mané throws himself to the floor after the faintest of touches. I’m implying it’s no pen.”
— Biggies MaIIs (@MoMoneyMoSaIah) October 5, 2019
Do I think it was a pen?probably not.But that’s the dangerous route they’ve gone the last few years which sees them given for the slightest contact.Funny seein MOTD defend Kane most weeks for it,call it clever play but when it’s Mane it’s a clear dive so we’ll take it thanks
— Dean Ryan (@DeanRyan89) October 6, 2019
Care to explain why when Harry Kane does it it’s “smart forward play” but when Sadio Mané does it it’s a “dive”? @alanshearer
— Tom W🔴🔴 (@Valiant_Virgil) October 6, 2019
The main thing for the Reds is that another three points were picked up. That’s now eight wins from eight heading into the second international break of the season.