ANTONIO RUDIGER was accused of dirty tactics after scuffing up the penalty spot against Liverpool.
But the Chelsea ace’s efforts came to nothing as Mo Salah stuck away his effort.
Antonio Rudiger earned himself a yellow card for trying to scuff up the penalty mark at AnfieldCredit: PA
The Chelsea defender got into a spat with Liverpool left-back Andy RobertsonCredit: Getty
And to make things worse, Rudiger picked up a yellow card for his mischievous behaviour.
Chaos unfolded at Anfield just before half-time when referee Anthony Taylor sent Reece James off for a handball on the line.
The Blues felt hard done by because the ball bounced off the right-back’s thigh before hitting his hand.
And as his team-mates vented their frustrations at Taylor, Rudiger attempted to do his bit to put Salah off.
TV cameras did not pick up his sly move to scrape his studs across the 12-yard marker – just as James Ward-Prowse did for England last year.
But talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface said: “Now there’s a scuffle on the far side, Rudiger has been booked after a falling out with Robertson.
“But he’s scuffing up the penalty spot there, Rudiger!”
Co-commentator Trevor Sinclair added: “That is absolutely rubbish, that, from Rudiger.
“There’s bending the rules but that is taking absolute liberties!”
Some on Twitter took exception to the unsporting tactics but plenty of Chelsea fans appreciated his efforts.
One wrote: “So Rudiger was given a yellow coz he was trying to mess up the penalty spot.
“Gosh, l love him more! He has the dark arts to the tee.”
Another said: “Rudiger’s s***housery – went and dug a hole into the penalty spot.”
A third added: “Hahaha just saw why Rudiger got a yellow, he stamped on the penalty spot in a bid to make it uneven with his cleats.”
And a fourth user commented: “Rudiger tried to tamper with the penalty spot.”
After Salah tucked his penalty away, there was more drama between the two sets of players as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was booked for swiping a boot near Jordan Henderson and the shoving escalated.
But Rudiger and his fellow defenders put in a fine second-half performance to keep Liverpool at bay and head back to West London with a point.
Kai Havertz had given the Blues the lead with a fine header over Alisson but in the end it was a case of clinging on for the 1-1 draw.
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Salah made no mistake from the spot, firing into the back of the net to make it 1-1Credit: Getty