Liverpool are still trying to sort out the extent of their wounds after a crushing 2-1 defeat against their bitter rivals, Manchester United. Liverpool came in to the must-win game as the favourites but the visitors won the game with the help of two sublime goals from Juan Mata.
It got worse for Liverpool as Steven Gerrard was send off for a rash tackle on Ander Herrera just 38 seconds after he came on the pitch. It could have been all more worse for Liverpool and they could have ended the game with 9 men when Martin Skrtel appeared to have allegedly stamped on David De Gea.
Liverpool’s worse fears became a reality when FA have decided to charge Skrtel for his conduct after the help of Video evidence. This decision comes as a crushing blow for Liverpool’s champions league ambitions next season as both Gerrard and Skrtel will miss Liverpool’s crucial Premier League fixture against Arsenal and FA Cup Quarter Finals’ replay.
FA released a statement revealing their decision on Martin Skrtel. The statement read –
“Martin Skrtel has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” the statement explained.
“The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Liverpool defender and Manchester United’s David de Gea which occurred in the 95th minute of Sunday’s game.
“The player has until 6pm on 24 March 2015 to respond to the charge.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was first to comment on FA’s verdict. Rodgers claimed that Skrtel is not a type of player who would do anything of such extent.
Rodgers said: “I have seen the Martin Skrtel incident. The ball was played through but it probably looks worse in slow motion.
“It looks like he is trying to get a nick on the ball, to get a toe on the ball but the ball went into the goalkeepers hand.
“Martin is not that type of player, he was just a fraction out.”
Liverpool cam appeal the decision on or before 24th March, but given the obvious nature of Skrtel’s stamp on De Gea, it is unlikely for Liverpool to appeal the decision.
Quotes Credits: Mirror