Martin Skrtel’s ban for stamping on Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea has been upheld, and the Slovakian defender is arguably lucky not to be facing more than a three-match suspension.
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The 30-year-old was already facing the prospect of missing clashes against Arsenal, Blackburn, and Newcastle United, and there was potential for the ban to be extended for a frivolous appeal.
The incident can be seen below:
On top of that, the veteran Merseyside man posted a rather controversial picture to his Instagram account, uploading an image of a group of painted clowns – surely referencing the FA following the result of his appeal.
Although the meaning of the image seems clear, Skrtel hasn’t said anything directly, so is unlikely to face any action for his social media slamming of the FA.
He still insists that the stamp was unintentional, but after the FA set a precedent with Diego Costa earlier in the season they could hardly let this one slide.
Liverpool’s upcoming games are likely to prove hugely important to their season, especially following their disappointing loss to Manchester United.
If they lose sight of the top-four or fail to beat Blackburn at Ewood Park (and crash out of the FA Cup), then their season could take a drastic turn for the worse.