Sadio Mane refused to go down and win an ‘easy’ penalty during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United – with fans thinking it shows why players throw themselves to ground.
Curtis Jones and an own goal from Kean Bryan saw Liverpool stop the rot and win their first game in five.
The contest was drawing to a close and Mane drifted into the Blades box to take on Ethan Ampadu.
Ampadu lunged at Mane and the winger didn’t go down, instead staying on his feet and letting the ball go for a goal kick.
Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe remarked: “Isn’t it great to see Sadio Mane stay on his feet there?
“There is some contact there but he stays on his feet. Really good.”
While viewers have praised Mane’s sporting conduct, many believe it shows a clear issue in English football.
If you want to stop diving in football, mane should get a pen for that challenge by Ampadu 🤷🏻♂️ but players staying on their feet get nothing— Joe (@Joe_Biggs72) February 28, 2021
If Mane goes down there it's a pen all day long, Ampadu just completely reckless flying in like that, there was contact there as well #SHULIV— MarkFerg (@MarkFerg_) February 28, 2021
"Great to see Sadio Mane stay on his feet," says the commentator… But it was a careless challenge from Ampadu, there was contact, and if he goes down it's a penalty 🤷 #SHULIV— James Nalton (@JDNalton) February 28, 2021
That Ampadu challenge is everything wrong with the modern rules of football.— Phil Baki (@PhilTalksFooty) February 28, 2021
“If Mané goes down it’s probably a penalty”
The onus should not be on the players to decide whether an action is against the rules or not