Sadio Mane was sent off for Liverpool after landing boot in the face of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson The Sun
Sadio Mane to serve full ban, FA confirms
By Imran Otieno | Wed 13 Sep, 2017 14:30

Liverpool's appeal to overrule the red card flashed to Sadio Mane after a nasty challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has been denied with the English FA upholding the three match ban.

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The Senegalese was handed a straight red card after his high boot landed on Ederson's face in the first half of the Liverpool, 5-0 thumping at the hands Manchester City. Ederson felt the weight of the clash and required a stretcher to come off, being replaced by former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Liverpool appealed against the severe punishment of the incident after it appeared that Mane didn't see the goalkeeper coming off his line which meant that the high boot wasn't malicious. In a statement the FA said, 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."

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With the ban taking action this week Mane is set to miss the games against Burnley at Anfield, plus successive games against 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City one in the Premier League and the other in the Carabao Cup. However Mane is legible to play in the Champions League against Sevilla on Wednesday 13th of September which will be his last game before the three match ban and will make his comeback in the Champions League game against Spartak Moscow.

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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