Salah avoids FA sanction and is available for the Arsenal game

Mohamed Salah can play against Arsenal and Manchester City as he will face no action over the contentious penalty he won against Newcastle United.

Salah avoids FA sanction for contentious Liverpool penalty

Mohamed Salah will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty in Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day. The Reds forward appeared to go down easily after having his arm tugged by Paul Dummett, and Magpies boss Rafael Benítez branded the spot-kick decision "soft" in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

Premier League - Liverpool v Newcastle UnitedAn alternative camera angle showed there was contact

Salah cleared of simulation

However, the FA has confirmed the second-half incident did not meet the threshold to constitute deception of a match official. The Egypt international could have faced a two-game ban had he been charged with simulation, but will now be free to take part in the crunch clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Salah converted the penalty he won to double Liverpool's lead following Dejan Lovren's opener before Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho scored to wrap up a result that took Jürgen Klopp's side six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Premier League - Liverpool v Newcastle UnitedSalah scores

Salah, the Premier League's second top scorer this season

Salah has found the net 12 times this season and is one behind the division's leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.