Liverpool to appeal length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban
Reds have option to claim excessive punishment for challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson
Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson feels the full force of Sadio Mane’s challenge during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA
Liverpool will appeal the length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.
The 25-year-old was sent off by referee Jon Moss for raising his foot and clashing with City goalkeeper Ederson in Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat on Saturday.
The Reds have the option to claim excessive punishment which could see Mane’s ban reduced by either one or two matches.
Only a claim of wrongful dismissal would see Mane’s ban completely withdrawn but that is unlikely so the Senegal international still faces at least one game out.
Mane collided with Ederson after 37 minutes with Manchester City 1-0 ahead.
The Brazilian goalkeeper needed eight minutes of treatment before he was taken off on a stretcher and wearing an oxygen mask. However, he returned to the City bench in the second half.
The hosts went on to win 5-0 and Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said after the game the club was unlikely to appeal.
He said: “So it never works? It would be another waste of time, like the game today. Not sure [if they will appeal].”
“I think everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie.
“There was not one second he looks on the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible. Hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured.
“[Sadio] is very, very upset. We couldn’t keep him – he was shocked about the situation. I am sure also about the decision.”