Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has denied an FA charge of violent conduct after an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during the 2-1 defeat at Anfield this weekend, in which Steven Gerrard was also sent off.
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The Slovakian, who has performed well for his side so far this season, was charged by the FA on Monday and faces a three match ban if found guilty, but insists the ‘stamp’ was accidental, the BBC reports.
Retrospective action can be taken against the player as match official Martin Atkinson did not see he incident, and on review it was decided it was a sending off offence.
The Football Association are anticipated to deliver their verdict on Wednesday and if banned, Skrtel will miss Liverpool’s Premier League games away at Arsenal and at home to Newcastle, along with the FA Cup quarter final replay against Blackburn.
Captain Steven Gerrard is already a confirmed absence for the above games, due to his red card 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute in the same match.