Liverpool FC defender faces three-match ban for stamping De Gea
Martin Skrtel charged by the FA after clashing with Manchester United goalkeeper
March 24th, 2015
Liverpool’s season lies in tatters after Sunday’s defeat against their arch-rivals, with Steven Gerrard now serving a three-match suspension after his red card and it appears that Martin Skrtel will also be on the sidelines over the next few weeks.
The Slovakian was involved in an incident late in the match which saw the central defender run for the ball in the United penalty area only to tread on the leg of David de Gea.
While Skrtel protested his innocence, the incident had echoes of Diego Costa doing something similar against Liverpool in the League Cup and the Chelsea striker served a ban for that particular challenge.
Therefore, it appears as though the defender will be joining Gerrard in the stands, even of Brendan Rodgers claims that the stamp was merely accidental.
“My reading of it wasn’t that [a stamp],” the manager had said. “The ball has been played through and when it is slowed down it looks like he has caught him with intent. I didn’t see it like that. He is trying to get the ball.
“You see his foot up but that is a symbol when a player is just trying to get his toe on the ball because if he does that and the keeper brings him down it is probably a penalty. But when the keeper gets [landed on by] studs it can hurt.”