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Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool captain receives an additional one-match ban for his response to a red card at Newcastle.

In the 28th minute, the defender was sent off for fouling Alexander Isak.

Van Dijk was suspended against Aston Villa on September 3rd and will be unable to play against Wolves on September 16th.

Prior to coming off the pitch at St James’ Park, he appeared to argue with referee John Brooks.

Van Dijk, 32, of the Netherlands, appeared to quarrel with the fourth official before walking down the tunnel.

“The defender admitted that he acted inappropriately and used abusive and insulting language towards a match official after being sent off,” the FA stated in a statement.

Instagram writing “I’d just like to make it clear that I completely accept the panel’s decision,” Van Dijk stated.

“It was my first red card of my Liverpool career, and I let my frustrations get the best of me in a high-pressure situation.”

“I apologized to the match officials immediately after the game and accept full responsibility.”

Howard Webb, the commissioner of referees, has stated that he is “determined” that officials would not “turn a blind eye” to unethical behavior by players and coaches this season.

Webb supported Brooks’ decision to remove Van Dijk on Match Officials: Mic’d Up.

“We think it’s a good identification of a foul by John Brooks, the referee,” Webb added.

“We see Virgil van Dijk play the ball, but he clearly kicks through Alexander Isak’s foot to get there.”

“Not only is it a free kick, but it also denies Isak an obvious scoring opportunity.” In this case, he must be sent off, and the VAR will investigate.”


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