Virgil Van Dijk charged with a breach of FA rules after Newcastle red card incident

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Virgil Van Dijk was dismissed from the field of play at St James’ Park after his tackle on Alexander Isak but it seems now that his actions after the dismissal will land him in more trouble that the foul itself.

As reported by the Official spokesperson of The Football Association: ‘Virgil Van Dijk has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following Liverpool’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Sunday, 27 August.

‘It’s alleged that the defender acted in an improper manner and/or used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official after being sent off in the 29th minute.

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‘Virgil Van Dijk has until Friday, 1 September to provide a response to this charge’.

It can be somewhat understandable that our No.4 may have thought at the time that he did win the ball and not kick the on-running forward but replays showed that he certainly got the man first.

What followed was a frustrated outburst from our captain and it seems clear that he overstepped the line with whatever was said towards John Brooks at the time.

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The frustrating consequences of all this are that the official on the pitch made several mistakes in the game and that will go unpunished.

As well as this though, the Dutchman would have only been handed a one-game ban for his tackle but his ‘improper manner and/or use of abusive and/or insulting words’ look likely to increase this ban.

When we have Ibou Konate injured, Joel Matip seemingly unable to play a full 90 minutes and an inexperienced Jarell Quansah, this is an update that is far from what we needed and may prompt a dip into the market.

You can view the full statement about Van Dijk via @FAspokesperson on X:

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  1. VVD Definitely said to the Ref that his red card was Fu#%ing Disgusting amongst other things , but why is any player denied freedom of speech, why can’t a player question or complain a decision ? against them or a captain represent a team mate .
    All Refs need now is a Florescent vest then the power will really go to their heads .
    ( YNWA97 ❤️ )

  2. So defenders can’t tackle a player to stop him scoring so what’s the point of having defenders
    players can’t tackle a goalkeeper as it is a foul
    what’s the point of playing
    it is now a non contact game

  3. I honestly believe this lot of referees and touch line referees and the fourth official together with all who control VAR need to go for serious coaching as they are spoiling the flow of the games and also they need to be given yellow and red cards and suspension, Webb you need to get your act together, no wonder we losing our players to the Saudi league, something must be done and done now.

  4. Rules are rules, you have to them otherwise it would be a free for all, Rugby, one of the biggest contact sports going, all the players accept the referees decisions, they may not like them, but they accept them no questions asked, Football has decended into a farce, players payed millions of pounds in wages and transfer fees, yet they play on surfaces as smooth as a billiard table, they wear boots as light as a feather, they get food experts and the best physiotherapy and doctors money can buy, yet still whinge and whine when they do wrong, makes me sick to see our beautiful game decline so much.

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