Liverpool to appeal the length of Sadio Mane's ban
By Katie Shanahan
Last Updated: 12/09/17 12:27pm
Liverpool are going to appeal the length of Sadio Mane's three-match ban after his red card against Manchester City, according to Sky sources.
The 25-year-old was sent off by referee Jon Moss for raising his foot and clashing with City goalkeeper Ederson during Liverpool's 5-0 defeat on Saturday.
The Reds have the option to claim excessive punishment which could see Mane's ban reduced by either one or two matches. Only a claim of wrongful dismissal would see Mane's ban completely withdrawn, but that is unlikely, so the Senegal international still faces at least one game out.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said after the City game that the club was unlikely to appeal.
"It never works, it would be another waste of time, like the game today. Not sure [if they will appeal]. I think everyone knows he didn't see the goalie," Klopp said.
"He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible, hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured.
"[Sadio] is very, very upset," he added. "We couldn't keep him, he was shocked about the situation. I am sure also about the decision."
Mane collided with Ederson after 37 minutes with Manchester City 1-0 ahead. The Brazil goalkeeper needed eight minutes of treatment before he was taken off on a stretcher and wearing an oxygen mask. However, he returned to the City bench in the second half.
Currently, the winger is set to miss Saturday's trip to Burnley and both of Liverpool's trips to Leicester City.
This could prove costly, as Mane has already netted in each of Liverpool's three matches with his free-scoring start to the season earning him the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award for August.
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