Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane will have to serve out his three-match red card ban after the Football Association rejected the club’s appeal to have the ban reduced. He will miss Liverpool’s next three domestic clashes
The statement reads: “Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”
Liverpool appealed against the length of ban given to Sadio Mane’s. He got a three-match ban after he was sent off during Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Mane, 25, was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot.
The Senegal forward is due to miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup.
His ban could have been reduced by one or two matches if the appeal was successful.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday that neither he nor City counterpart Pep Guardiola thought Mane should have been sent off.
Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Ian Wright all said they would have gone for the ball, while Chris Sutton told Match of the Day 2 that Mane’s red card should be rescinded.
However, Shearer said it was still a red card under the current rules. Former England internationals Jamie Carragher and Phil Neville were also among those to say referee Jon Moss was right to dismiss Mane.
Although Sadio Mane issued an apology to Ederson, and wished him speedy recovery.
“I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery. I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it. I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon because he is highest quality player”
Ederson is now back in training with on Tuesday with City as they prepare for their opening Champions League group game against Feyenoord on Wednesday.