Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has lost an appeal against a Football Association’s charge of violent conduct for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
The Slovakian, 30, appealed to an independent panel set up by the FA to review video footage of the incident, citing that his action was accidental and not premeditated.
The panel rejected Skrtel’s submission and ruled the charge of violent conduct proven. He will now miss league games at Arsenal and at home to Newcastle United either side of the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Championship side Blackburn.
“Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven,” the FA said in a statement on its website.
“The defender had denied the charge which related to an on-field incident involving Manchester United’s David de Gea in the 95th minute of Sunday’s game which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. However, an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today found the charge proven.”
Referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident, which happened in the closing seconds of his side’s 2-1 defeat by United.
Skrtel was after a through-ball in 10-man Liverpool’s late rally for an equaliser when De Gea slid in to beat him to the ball and the defender continued in his motion only to stand on the Spaniard’s right shin. Skipper Steven Gerrard had earlier been sent 38 minutes after coming on for Adam Lallana in the same match at Anfield