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Sadio Mane to serve 3-match suspension

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Liverpool winger Sadio Mane will serve his full three-match suspension after being handed a red card against Manchester City on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Mane was delivered a red card and ejected after raising his foot and colliding with Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Santana de Moraes during Liverpool’s 5-0 loss. The incident occurred with Liverpool trailing 1-0 37 minutes into the contest. Ederson was treated for eight minutes before being carted off the field on a stretcher while wearing an oxygen mask. The Brazilian goalie required stitches and returned to Manchester City’s bench in the second half.

Liverpool appealed Mane’s suspension, hoping to get it trimmed by one or two matches.

“I think everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of Mane. “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.”

He added that Mane was very bothered by the incident.

“[Sadio] is very, very upset,” said Klopp. “We couldn’t keep him — he was shocked about the situation.”

At the time, Klopp said it was unlikely that Liverpool would appeal, but ultimately, the club decided to give it a try and failed.

“Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” said the Football Association in a statement.

The 25-year-old Mane was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August after scoring three times in Liverpool’s first three matches.



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