Skrtel is not amused.
Yesterday he denied the Football Association’s charge of violent conduct, but today Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel recieved a three-match retroactive ban after being found guilty of stamping on Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea during the closing seconds of Sunday’s meeting.
The altercation, which was not initially spotted by the ref or his other officials, meant the FA was open to review the incident following the match. The Slovakian responded in kind to the decision of the independent Football Association disciplinary panel by uploading a picture of three clowns to his Instagram account. The uncaptioned picture could have warranted a further ban, but the 30-year old will not be picking up any additional sanctions despite the obvious, petulant reference to the decision.
While the England squad really isn’t of much concern to most Kopites, news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is potentially set to miss out on the Three Lion’s next two matches with a hip injury won’t elicit much joy on Merseyside.
The 26-year old, who only recently returned from a long term lay-off with a series of muscle injuries ruling him out of action since the end of August, was on target to bag the Reds a consolation goal in yesterday’s loss to Manchester United at Anfield. Although he completed the whole 90-minutes as Brendan Rodgers side lost ground in the race for Champions League football, there’s going to be some tense times at Melwood as the extent of the damage is assessed.
The fallout from yesterday’s defeat at the hands of Manchester United just keeps coming with the Football Association taking retrospective action over Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s alleged stamp on Red Devils ‘keeper David de Gea.
Looking at the replays, it looks pretty clear cut; the Slovakian has never been the most fleet of foot or been accused of having the best close control, but the veteran center-half appeared to have intentionally stamped on the leg of the Spanish ‘keeper in the dying seconds of Sunday’s match as the two chased down a pass into the United area. Skrtel, who could face a three match ban similar to the one brought down on Chelsea striker Diego Costa earlier this season, has been given until 18:00 GMT tomorrow to respond to the charge.
Set for a spell on the sidelines
After missing a glorious chance to claw Liverpool back on equal terms just before the half-time break, one wouldn’t have been too surprised if Adam Lallana’s departure during the interval came as a result of just that.
By the time his replacement was dismissed — less than a minute after the restart — we had learned that wasn’t the case at all and that the 26-year old, who was due to meet up with the injury hit England squad later today, had actually picked up a groin injury during a largely ineffective opening 45-minutes. Juan Mata found his second just before the hour mark, and though Daniel Sturridge beat Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea at the near post to give the hosts hope, the opportunity to leap-frog their rivals into fourth place was well and truly wasted by the Anfield outfit.
That’s no way to say goodbye…
Down by a goal, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers called on long-serving skipper Steven Gerrard to replace the injured Adam Lallana at the break and handed the out-going Reds talisman a chance to make an impact in what will likely be his last meeting with Manchester United. Less than a minute later, he was shown a straight red card for an ugly reaction to a challenge from Ander Herrera.
“I need to accept it, I think the decision was right. I’ve let my teammates and the manager down today, and even more importantly let all of the supporters down. I take full responsibility for my action. I’ve tried to jump his tackle when I’ve seen his studs and I’ve reacted wrong” said the 34-year old following the match. I’ve been in the game long enough to know when you do something like that…especially with the timing of the game – 45 to play with a great opportunity to get back into the game. I take full responsibility for it. I’ve come to speak to apologise to everyone in the dressing room and all of the supporters all over the place because I take full responsibility for today’s result.”