Klopp happy to win ‘dirty’

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Premier League Crys­tal Palace boss Roy Hodg­son was left won­der­ing how Liver­pool winger Sa­dio Mane es­caped a red card dur­ing his side’s 2-1 re­verse at Sel­hurst Park – and with good rea­son.

Mane, booked for sim­u­la­tion af­ter mak­ing the most of James Mcarthur’s lung­ing chal­lenge dur­ing the first half, some­how avoided a se­cond yel­low for de­lib­er­ate hand­ball, pre­vent­ing an ob­vi­ous goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity for the Ea­gles. De­spite award­ing the free kick in favour of Palace, ref­eree Neil Swar­brick failed to in­flict fur­ther pun­ish­ment on the Sene­galese winger, who was quickly dragged away from the scene of his crime by Liver­pool team-mates. Fear­ing the worst, Jur­gen Klopp acted al­most im­me­di­ately and re­placed Mane with Alex Oxladecham­ber­lain, as the Sel­hurst Park crowd bayed for a red card. Just 10 min­utes prior to the in­ci­dent, Mane had pounced to equalise as Liver­pool came from be­hind to earn a valu­able vic­tory in south Lon­don.

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