The Reds will be without one of their key players for a crucial part of the season…
Martin Skrtel has revealed that he doesn’t feel guilty about his ‘stamp’ on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, because he doesn’t believe that he did anything wrong.
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As the Daily Mirror reports, the pair clashed in the final seconds of our 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday, with the Slovakian appearing to go in heavily on the stopper as he stretched for the ball.
The FA has since interpreted the incident as an intentional attempt to cause injury to the Spaniard, and have issued our defender with a three-game ban, ignoring his appeal.
An unimpressed Skrtel slammed the decision to suspend him, initially posting a a cryptic image on his Instagram account which appeared to label the decision makers as clowns.
He has now expanded on that with a statement on his official website. He said: “I didn’t want to stamp on him. It was an accident and I didn’t do it on purpose.
“I don’t feel guilty. It was a long ball and he went towards me and I wanted to jump over him. Simple as that. It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban.”
The 30-year-old has been an integral part of the Reds’ team so far this season, playing 44 times in all competitions and scoring once.
He has played at the centre of Brendan Rodgers’ three-man defence, helping the Northern Irishman deploy his new formation to great effect.