Livepool defender Martin Skrtel got a three-match ban for violent conduct after the stamp on Manchester United’s David De Gea last Sunday at Anfield.
The Slovakian denied a charge of stamping on the Spanish goalkeeper but the FA threw that out, so Skrtel will miss Premier League clashes against Arsenal and Newcastle after the international break as well as the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn.
Skrtel’s punishment can be harder after appearing to label the FA clowns on being told of the decision.
The Reds defender, who is currently away on international duty, posted an agency picture of four clowns with no caption on his Instragram account after the FA decision.
The ban was decided after a three-man panel of former elite officials were asked by the FA to review the footage independently of each other and there was unanimous agreement the offence – Skrtel stamping De Gea’s leg after chasing a ball that was saved by the goalkeeper, with no attempts to jump beyond him- warranted a red.