Dalglish calls for clarification
The new Barclays Premier League season may be less than a day old but Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has already called for clarity on rules after his side's 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland.
Just five minutes into the match at Anfield Kieran Richardson brought down Luis Suarez as he rounded goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot but only booked the defender and Suarez subsequently missed the penalty.
"You don't want to see people sent off and I don't know what the rule book says about a clear goalscoring opportunity when Luis Suarez is one on one with the goalkeeper I don't see a clearer goalscoring opportunity than that," he said.
"They may say he is taking the ball away from goal so it is a yellow card but if you are in the middle of the goal and want to go around the goalkeeper you have to go away from goal.
"I suppose nine-and-a-half out of 10 would have given Kieran the red card but we need to know where we stand and how they are going to implement the rules and word them in the books - that is what we asked for."
However, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce felt Dowd made the correct call.
"I thought the referee got it spot on," he said. "I thought the goalkeeper was going to retrieve it and Suarez was going away from goal - but on another day it could have been a red card.
"I thought Suarez had knocked it too far and I didn't think he was going to get on to it and stick it in the back of the net.
"It was more of a clumsy challenge from Kieran and we don't want to see these red cards anyway, they spoil the spectacle so I think he got it right."