Liverpool’s appeal is successful, as midfielder’s red card is overturned


Liverpool have successfully appealed the red card of Alexis Mac Allister, and the midfielder will be available for the Reds’ weekend game against Newcastle.

Mac Allister was given his marching orders in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend after referee Thomas Bramall adjudged that his tackle on Bournemouth’s Ryan Christie was violent.

He was set to be suspended for Liverpool’s next three matches against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves. But he will no longer serve a ban after Liverpool successfully appealed the decision.

“An independent regulatory commission has removed Alexis Mac Allister’s three-match suspension following a claim of wrongful dismissal,” the FA said via their spokesperson.

What Klopp said

Speaking after the game on Saturday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “everything was lacking for a red card.”

He told Sky Sports: “We have to talk about it and everyone agrees. I 100 per cent understand how it looks for the ref in that moment, but when you see it back, it’s the inside of the foot with no power in it.

“We’ve seen harsher challenges that weren’t red cards that should’ve been. I think we should talk about it. If he said it was a yellow, the VAR wouldn’t have upgraded to a red card.

“Everything is lacking for a red card, the intensity. Yes, there was contact, but there must be a different intention when it’s a red card. We will talk to the people about it.”

What next?

Mac Allister will now be available when Liverpool travel to St. James Park on Sunday afternoon.

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