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FA rejects Liverpool appeal over 'excessive' Mané punishment

Liverpool unsuccessfully appealed Mané's three match ban for serious foul play for his challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

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FA rejects Liverpool appeal over 'excessive' Mané punishment
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The FA has rejected Liverpool's appeal over the three match ban handed to striker Sario Mané for his challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson on Saturday in Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing by Pep Guardiola's side. Mané went to get the ball with a recklessly high foot and caught the goalkeeper in the face with his studs. He was shown a straight red card for the challenge. 

Ederson was left with stitches after the challenge

Mané's ban not excessive

Mané was banned for three games, however Liverpool appealed, arguing the sanction was excessive. The FA have now thrown out the appeal saying it remained "in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing".

The challenge from Mané

Mané to miss League and League Cup games

The player now misses Liverpool's next three games: the League games against Burnley (16 September) and Leicester (23 September) and the League Cup match, also against Leicester, on 19 September.