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Sadio Mane booked for diving as Liverpool striker tried to con a penalty against Crystal Palace

Mane threw himself to the ground under challenge from James McArthur as Liverpool looked to get back into the game after Palace took an early lead at Selhurst Park

Sadio Mane was booked for diving after attempting to con Liverpool a penalty against Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were trailing to an early goal in the clash at Selhurst Park when Mane attempted to burst into the penalty area.

Sadio Mane was booked fir diving as he tried to cona penalty for Liverpool against Palace

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Sadio Mane was booked fir diving as he tried to cona penalty for Liverpool against Palace

The Senegalese star out-foxed Palace midfielder James McArthur with a sharp turn, only to then throw himself up in the air and onto the ground.


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Liverpool pleaded for a spot-kick, but referee Neil Swarbrick was wise to the attempt to con him and showed Mane, 25, a yellow card.

Replays showed McArthur had made the faintest of touches on the leg of Mane, but the striker kept his balance, waited and then launched himself to the turf.

The theatrical way the Liverpool star paused before deciding to go down left Swarbrick in now doubt he was being conned.

James McArthur gets the faintest of touches to the standing leg of Sadio Mane as he attempts a tackle

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James McArthur gets the faintest of touches to the standing leg of Sadio Mane as he attempts a tackle

Mane plants his right foot on the ground and keeps his balance - before then throwing himself forward in an attempt to win a penalty

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Mane plants his right foot on the ground and keeps his balance – before then throwing himself forward in an attempt to win a penalty

Mane protested his innocence to the official as he was shown the yellow card, right in front of the Palace supporters who made their feelings known.

Roy Hodgson’s side had got off to a flying start in the match, with Wilfried Zaha being denied an opener early on by a sharp Lloris Karius save.

But the Liverpool keeper was at fault on 13 minutes when he rushed off his line and collided with Zaha, leaving Swarbrick with the easy decision to point to the spot.

Luka Milivijevic converted from the spot to fire Palace into the lead as they looked for the three points that would do much to keep them out of relegation trouble.

Two minutes after being denied the penalty, Mane thought he had drawn Liverpool level from close range.

But the linesman correctly spotted he was in an offside position before he turned the ball home and the goal was ruled out.

Mane was not to denied, however, as he finally scored the equaliser three minutes into the second half, turning in from close range from James Milner’s cross.

Yet he then escaped a red card after deliberately grabbing hold of the ball when claiming a foul, as Swarbrick awarded a handball but deciding against showing a second yellow.


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