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Virgil van Dijk Faces FA Charges After Reaction to Red Card

Virgil van Dijk Faces FA Charges After Reaction to Red Card
Published 10 months ago on Aug 29, 2023

The incident in question occurred when Van Dijk was shown a red card by referee John Brooks for a challenge on Newcastle's Alexander Isak. The Dutch defender's vehement protest against the decision was captured, and he was heard appearing to label the situation a 'f****** joke'. As a result, he has been charged with violating FA rule E3.1.

After the match, there were indications from Mail Sport that Van Dijk could potentially face additional sanctions due to his reaction, and the FA has now taken the step of formally charging him. The FA released a statement on Tuesday, outlining the charges against him.

The statement read: "Virgil van Dijk has been charged with a breach of FA rule E3.1 following Liverpool's game against Newcastle United on Sunday, 27 August. It's alleged the defender acted in an improper manner and/or used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official after being sent off in the 29th minute. Virgil van Dijk has until Friday, 1 September to provide a response to this charge."

Initially, the red card handed to Van Dijk meant he would serve a one-match suspension, keeping him out of action as a consequence of the foul that prevented Alexander Isak from having a clear goalscoring opportunity. However, there's a possibility that the suspension could be extended, leading to a more complex defensive situation for Liverpool's manager, Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp was observed attempting to console Van Dijk as he left the field, with the 32-year-old vigorously asserting his innocence before exiting the match. This incident also involved Van Dijk engaging in a heated exchange with fourth official Craig Pawson.

Remarkably, this red card marked Van Dijk's first dismissal since his high-profile transfer to Liverpool from Southampton in 2017 for a then-world-record fee of £75 million.

Should the suspension be extended, resulting in a three-match ban, Van Dijk would miss forthcoming fixtures against Aston Villa, Wolves, and West Ham. In his absence, Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to assume the captain's role, while 20-year-old Jarell Amorin Quansah stands as a probable replacement in the heart of the defense.

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