Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool Lose Appeal to Have Sadio Mane's Three-Match Ban Reduced

Liverpool Lose Appeal to Have Sadio Mane's Three-Match Ban Reduced

Mane received a straight red card after clashing with goalkeeper Ederson during Liverpool's 5-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

Klavan was at fault for Sergio Aguero's opening goal before Senegal global Sadio Mane was sent off for a reckless challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

The Reds boss opted to hand the Estonia worldwide his first Premier League appearance of the 2017-18 season for the trip to their title rivals at the Etihad Stadium.

"I think everyone knows he didn't see the goalie", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of Mane.

"Of course we can't neglect the performance after that - we have to keep it in mind - but we have another game midweek when we can prove ourselves again".

But Liverpool believe a suspension which would rule Mane out of Premier League games against Burnley and Leicester, as well as the Carabao Cup fixture at the King Power Stadium, does not reflect the incident.

"Our appeal was right because we would have appealed the red card but we didn't". To play a game at home and away, you have to play in a different way than when you're playing in the group. The worst of which, from a Twitter keyboard warrior who shall not be named, suggested that City's keeper should have pulled his head out of harm's way to allow the Liverpool forward to take the ball cleanly. "City are a good team of course, with good players, but we could have done better with ten men", said Wijnaldum. Accidental risky play should remain a sending-off offence, but not further punished with a one- or three-game ban. They can play the game even better. "He wanted to get the ball", Klopp added.

"It makes a difference - that's five or six points extra and they are losing those points so then you are closer together".

"Sometimes these things can happen".

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