Simon Jordan has gone on a scathing rant at players and referees about diving following incidents involving Mohamed Salah and Harry Maguire last weekend.
Both were denied penalties after going down in the box. Salah fell to the ground in Liverpool’s match against Leicester after an attempted tackle by Ricardo Pereira but play continued.
Manchester United captain Maguire was awarded a spot-kick after West Brom’s Semi Ajayi was adjudged to have pushed him, but VAR overturned the decision.
talkSPORT host Jordan was infuriated by both players’ actions.
“Players are cheats and referees are weak, and there’s a lack of consequence,” the former Crystal Palace chairman said.
“This might be slightly idealistic on my part but the players should be ashamed of themselves. These are professional footballers. You look at it and go ‘what the hell are you players about?’
“Look at some of the decisions that Mohamed Salah gets. He’s an outstanding footballer who scores wonderful goals but I think some of the decisions that he buys are contemptible.
“Harry Maguire is a Goliath of a man – minimal contact. If you look at the contact itself, you’d think someone had attached him to a pulley and pulled him down. He was barely touched.”
Salah has long been a focus of criticism for diving and the often-vocal Jordan insisted he should be “ashamed”.
However, the 53-year-old placed the responsibility on those in charge of officiating to resolve the issue.
“It’s the whole sentiment of the way the game has been allowed to go,” he added. “Whether it’s players coming from abroad or a culture of coaching or a win at all costs mentality, it needs to be eradicated.
“It comes down to how the officials are prepared to referee the games.
“If you don’t want this in our game then it’s incumbent on the PGMOL to get the referees to stamp this out. And the way you stamp something out is to consequent the players when they’re trying to buy, con or cheat a penalty for virtually no contact whatsoever.
“What do they get? On the whole, nothing.”
Keane slammed for ‘completely exaggerated’ criticism
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has hit back at Roy Keane for claiming Liverpool are “bad champions”.
Keane recently made the comment after the 4-1 loss to title rivals Manchester City. That result was followed by another loss to Leicester, which has raised further questions of Liverpool’s ability to defend their crown.
The champions are 13 points behind City, who also have a game in hand. Although Liverpool still have 14 games to play, it seems like too much ground to make up.
Their recent struggles led former Manchester United midfielder Keane to claim that Liverpool have been making too many “excuses” and are “bad champions”.
But Hamann has taken exception to those comments.