English FA gives van Dijk additional one-match ban
Liverpool captain is shown a red card during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
Virgil van Dijk was given an additional one-match suspension and fined 100,000 pounds ($125,000) on Friday for his reaction to being sent off in Liverpool’s match against Newcastle last month.
The Netherlands defender admitted he acted in an improper manner and used abusive and insulting words to an official after his red card in his team’s 2-1 win at St James’ Park.
Dutch top defender initially refused to leave the field and then remonstrated with referee John Brooks after being dismissed for denying Alexander Isak a goal scoring opportunity in the first half.
Virgil van Dijk has been suspended for an extra game and fined £100,000 after admitting he acted in an improper manner and used abusive and insulting words towards a match official after being sent off against Newcastle United and he will miss Liverpool’s next match vs Wolves.
Because the incident was featured in Sky Sports’ Match Officials: Mic’d Up this week where head of the Professional Game Match Officials Howard Webb dissected the discussion between Brooks and his officials the on-field conversation was also broadcast.
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While waiting for a final ruling Brooks could be heard telling Van Dijk: “I’ll tell you, but you need to go immediately if you need to go. “It’s clearly a foul, they’re just checking the location… Don’t do anything silly. ”On confirmation of the red card Brooks said: “Free-kick. Go, go. Go now,” to which Van Dijk replied “F***ing joke”.
The Dutch centre-back served a one-match suspension last weekend in the home win over Aston Villa but after admitting a Football Association charge of acting in an improper manner and using insulting words to a match official the punishment was increased.
A statement from the FA read: “Virgil van Dijk has been suspended for one match and fined £100,000 for breaching FA Rule E3.1 during Liverpool’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle on Sunday August 27.
“The defender admitted that he acted in an improper manner and used abusive and insulting words towards a match official after being sent off in the 29th minute, and the sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent regulatory commission
Virgil has already served a one-match ban for the original offense. The decision to impose an additional suspension was made by an independent regulatory commission. It means Van Dijk will miss Liverpool’s game against Wolverhampton on Sept, 16.