London - Liverpool's Martin Skrtel will serve a three-game suspension after
losing his appeal against a charge for standing on Manchester United
goalkeeper David de Gea, the Football Association have announced on
The Slovakia centre-back, 30, was charged with violent
conduct on the basis of video evidence after referee Martin Atkinson
missed the incident, which occurred at the end of United's 2-1 win at
Anfield on Sunday.
Skrtel appealed against the charge, reportedly
claiming that he had trodden on De Gea accidentally, but his explanation
"Liverpool's Martin Skrtel will serve a three-match
suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct
against him was found proven," the FA said in a statement on its
"The defender had denied the charge which related to an
on-field incident involving Manchester United's David de Gea in the 95th
minute of Sunday's game which was not seen by the match officials but
caught on video.
"However, an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today found the charge proven."
was chasing a ball into the United box in stoppage time of the Premier
League game and when De Gea got there before him, he followed through by
standing on the Spaniard's right shin.
He will miss Liverpool's
Premier League games at Arsenal and at home to Newcastle United, as well
as their FA Cup quarter-final replay away to second-tier Blackburn
Rovers on April 8.
Skrtel pre-empted the FA's announcement by posting a picture of three clowns on his Instagram page, alongside the caption: "..."