Sadio Mane will face a three-match ban following Liverpool’s unsuccessful attempt to appeal the red card from their heavy defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.
The FA confirmed that the ban will remain at three games – the standard length of matches for straight red cards for dangerous or violent play – on Tuesday.
“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,” read part of the FA’s statement.
Sadio Mane, who was named August’s Premier League Player of the Month, was shown a straight red card for collecting Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with raised studs in a 50-50 contest.
The Liverpool man issued an apology via social media soon after the game, signalling his intent to go for the ball and not harm the player.
Regardless, Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool’s weekend Premier League clash with Burnley and trips to the King Power Stadium to meet Leicester City in both the League Cup and Premier League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke on the matter ahead of their return to the UEFA Champions League against Sevilla on Wednesday night.
“I don’t blame the referee for the decision. I’m not sure he wanted to give a red card immediately, but the boy was bleeding. I would have made the same decision. That’s how it is.”