LIVERPOOL has lost an appeal over the length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban after the forward was sent off during last Saturday’s 0-5 defeat by Manchester City.
The English Football Association said yesterday that an independent regulatory commission hearing had rejected the player’s claim of excessive punishment and the suspension remained in place.
The Senegal international was shown a straight red card for a high studs challenge that caught City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson on the head in the 37th minute.
He will now miss Saturday’s English Premier League match against Burnley and two games at Leicester City, one in the league and one in the League Cup.
Mane will, however, be available for the UEFA Champions League tie at home to Sevilla today.
Liverpool had not appealed the dismissal but argued the ban was too harsh for the incident.
The incident had divided observers and pundits, with Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp saying Mane had not deserved to be sent off.
Ederson was back in training yesterday, wearing protective headgear, and named in City’s travelling squad for its opening UCL Group F game against Dutch side Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
Ederson had raced out of his area to head clear a high bouncing ball when he was knocked to the ground.
The former Benfica goalkeeper was carried off on a stretcher during Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium and required eight stitches.