Gerrard facing suspension

2010-03-16 14:34

England - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is in danger of a three-match ban after appearing to elbow Portsmouth's Michael Brown in an off-the-ball incident during his side's 4-1 victory on Monday.

The Football Association may yet take action after studying film of the clash which happened during the second half at Anfield - and it could bring a supension that would rule Gerrard out of their meeting with Manchester United next Sunday.

Gerrard was substituted shortly after Brown was flattened in an incident that was not punished by referee Stuart Attwell, who thought it was a "coming together" between the players.

"They were asking me about it, but I didn't see it. I prefer to enjoy the game," said Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez afterwards.

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant also claimed he missed the incident.

"I was told the referee was four metres away from it.

"I think he needs to see from four metres what I didn't see from 40 metres. "He missed a lot of things."

Gerrard had earlier played a part in Liverpool's comfortable win against relegation-threatened Portsmouth, with the goals coming from Fernando Torres (2), Ryan Babel and Alberto Aquilani.

It keeps alive Liverpool's hopes of finishing fourth in the table and qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Liverpool, who have to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Lille in the Europa League on Thursday, move one place up the table to fifth spot, one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

It was Aquilani's first goal for Liverpool since the Italian midfielder joined from Roma for £17million last August.

"I have waited a long time for the goal, so I am very happy," said Aquilani. "Now we need to win a lot of games to finish in the top four."

Goalkeeper Jose Reina said the victory was well earned.

"We knew it was a must-win game for us and we performed very well," said Reina.

"When we are playing well we can score every minute and we had an incredible spell in the first-half, but we have to make sure we do that again on Thursday.

"We accept criticism when things are not going the way we want, but this squad is almost the same as last season and we can play good football.

"The manager wanted us to be a bit more offensive and we were good going forward and creating chances. Things are getting better but we have to keep it going."

Grant said his side would fight to the end. The crisis-hit club, who have been crippled by financial problems this season, are rooted to the bottom of the table with nine games remaining.

"We did okay until the first goal. We lost our shape and conceded further goals," said Grant.

"We didn't played brilliantly in the second-half, but at least we did more. "What has happened this year at Portsmouth, you could write a book about it.

"I cannot speak about this any more because I just end up repeating myself. "We are fighting for this club and fighting for this city.

"But we need help.

"Never in my life will I give up and I won't start now."


  • dean - 2010-03-16 15:03

    Gerrard is a cheating, diving scumbag and deserves whatever is coming to him.

  • Lamps_8 - 2010-03-16 15:38

    I saw the elbow from Gerrard on tv last night.Despicable to say the least.Its no bloody wonder they took him off immediately afterwards...'you'll always walk alone' Stevie-g,No friends,No class

  • KOPKOMMANDO - 2010-03-16 15:52

    I smell a rat...a fat Scotish one called Alex! He spoke to the queen and prince Harry again to lean on the FA to advantage United on Sunday. Now I hope more than ever Brown gets hit by a bus and United get another 4-1 hiding!

  • Disgusted - 2010-03-16 16:02

    Gerrard should be ashamed!! Benitez must realise that his bad management is causing players to behave badly.

  • @dean - 2010-03-16 16:20

    I your dreams. It happens all the time. Its a Mans game, Stop crying Soccer is not played by a bunch of girls.............. Go Gerrard, at least he didn't hit the ball in the nets, like Henry, he Nugged a Player.

  • Facts Please - 2010-03-16 16:47

    You obviously did not watch the game if you call it an off the ball incident,and it was a coming together as the 2 players ran for the ball.Get you fact straight before writing as story

  • KOPKOMMANDOUDOOS - 2010-03-17 07:32

    @KOPKOMMANDO y must you now go and be sucha d*** ... the only rat you seem to be smelling is Gerrard being a doos like you now

  • KOPKOMMANDOUDOOS - 2010-03-17 07:36

    @KOPKOMMANDO y must you now go and be sucha d*** ... the only rat you seem to be smelling is Gerrard being a doos like you now

  • OPTIMUS PRIME - 2010-03-17 09:51

    KOPKOMMANDO you are a big w@nker mate! This thread is about Gerrard's thuggery on the field. Even a blind guy would've seen that deliberate elbow, don't try hide your teams pathetic league performance in the last 20 years by dragging Sir Alex into this. Be a man and deal with the issue at hand- assault on the field.

  • Wes - 2010-03-17 12:16

    Gerrard is behaving like a typical thug!! I must say, as Liverpool supporter I am very disappointed in his behaviour of late. Why can't he lead the team like a real captain should?? You don't see the likes of Giggs, Lampard, Fabregas behave like this??

  • Kev - 2010-03-17 15:55

    He has been cleared of all wrong doing......guess who's gonna be there on Sunday....hahahaha! I can see manurenited shivering.. 3 on the trot now...lets make it 4 Reds! LIVERPOOL!!! YNWA!

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-03-17 16:01

    At lamps 8- you probably saw the loss last night as well mat

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-03-18 10:19

    One has to admit that u could not rule out the possibility that someone from the Man Utd camp could be encouraging the FA to ban Stevie as it would favour them in the upcoming match the weekend

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