Liverpool Lose Appeal To Reduce Length Of Sadio Mané’s Ban

Liverpool Lose Appeal To Reduce Length Of Sadio Mané’s Ban
Sep 12, 2017

Liverpool News

The FA Commission have upheld the 3-match ban to Sadio Mané after rejecting Liverpool’s appeal today. Mané’s red card, a 37th-minute high-kick to the face of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, was the big talking point of the weekend.

Many pundits and former players criticized the decision including Gary Neville, who accused the referee of ‘ruining the game’ by giving the red card. Indeed, Liverpool capitulated after the red card, who were losing 1-0 at the time, would eventually go on to lose the game 5-0. Jürgen Klopp said after the match that neither he nor City manager Pep Guardiola thought that Mané should have been sent off.

The current laws of the game do seem to justify referee John Moss’ decision, but many former players disagreed. On Match of the Day, Chris Sutton branded anyone who agreed with the decision as liars, Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore took to Twitter to voice their disapproval, with Collymore accusing the referee of an “over sensitive interpretation” of the rules.

The pictures of Ederson’s stitched up face that surfaced online on Monday at least suggest nobody can accuse the Manchester City goalkeeper of being “over-sensitive.”

The ban is a big blow to Liverpool. The 25-year-old has had a superb start to the season, scoring in each of their opening 3 games, as well as winning the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month Award for August. Mané will now miss Saturday’s home match against Burnley, and two trips away to Leicester, in the league and EFL Cup respectively.


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