The defender and captain of the English club Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk, to a ban for another match and a fine of 100,000 pounds sterling; Because of his reaction to the red card he received in the Newcastle match.
The Dutch defender was sent off at St James’ Park last month for committing a foul on a striker Newcastle Alexander Isak, but he was not satisfied with the decision of the referee of the confrontation, and he had a reaction that the English Federation considered unnatural.
The 32-year-old Dutch international was suspended for one match, which is the automatic penalty after expulsion, as it was not considered violent behavior. He was scheduled to return in the next match, before the English Association decided to extend his punishment for an additional match and fined him 100,000 pounds sterling. Because he shouted angrily at the fourth referee, Craig Pawson.
Details of Van Dijk’s punishment
The Federation said in its statement: “Virgil van Dijk was suspended for one match and fined 100,000 pounds for breaching FA Rule E3.1 during a match.” Liverpool In the English Premier League against Newcastle United on Sunday, August 27.”
He continued: “The defender admitted that he behaved in an inappropriate manner and used offensive and insulting words towards the match referee after he was sent off in the 29th minute. The penalties were later imposed by an independent regulatory committee. The full written reasons for this case will be published in due course.”
For his part, Van Dijk announced, in an official statement published on his official Instagram account, that he accepted the new FA penalty.
The player said: “After today’s announcement, I would just like to make it clear that I fully accept the committee’s decision. It was the first red card in my career with Liverpool, and I allowed my frustration to get the better of me in an intense and tense moment.”
He added: “I apologized immediately after the match to the match officials and take full responsibility. It is time to move on now. I will continue to support the team in every way I can.”
Thus, the veteran defender will miss the next match with the Reds in… Premier League Against Wolverhampton FC on Saturday, September 16th.
It is worth noting that Van Dijk took the captaincy of Liverpool starting this season, after the departure of James Milner and Jordan Henderson from the team in the last summer transfer market.