Wednesday March 25th, 2015

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been suspended for three games after losing an appeal for a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Skrtel stepped on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during extra time on Sunday, but he claimed it was accidental. Liverpool lost the match 2-1.

Officials did not see the incident, but video review confirmed the charge.

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Skrtel will miss Liverpool’s Premier League matches against Arsenal on April 4 and against Newcastle on April 13. He will also sit out the Reds' FA Cup quarterfinal replay against Blackburn.

Liverpool is 16-6-8 and in fifth place in the Premier League. The club is 13 points behind league-leading Chelsea and five points behind Manchester United for fourth.

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