Liverpool have suffered the worst news of the campaign when their skipper, the Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk was shown a red card against Newcastle United, when he attempted a last-minute tackle on opponent forward, the Swedish Alexander Isak, thus getting suspended for the same. But, the Reds situation has worsened over the week with Van Dijk getting charged with breach of conduct by FA.
Van Dijk shown red card
In a high-voltage match against Newcastle Unites with three points in stake, the Reds’ could endure a worse start after they went 0-1 down against the Magpies, with former Everton graduate Anthony Gordon on the scoresheet, thus hinting at a glimpse of a perfect Merseyside Derby. Things went bad to worse when Liverpool skipper Van Dijk was shown a red card three minutes later of conceding the first goal, as he attempted a rather harsh last ditch tackle on Newcastle forward Isak, thus garnering a hefty criticism at St. James Park, with roars of sending Van Dijk in to the sidelines.
After the card was inflicted on the Dutchman, he simultaneously got involved in abusing the match official, as FA sent a breach of conduct against him, saying he “used abusive and insulting words”, towards the referee, and as a result was charged with violation of FA rule E3.1.
“Acted in an improper manner…”
According to the official statement released by FA, it said, “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. Virgil van Dijk has until Friday, 1 September to provide a response to this charge.”
According to speculations, Van Dijk could miss up to four matches, with important fixtures lined up in the next few weeks, including Aston Villa, Wolves, West Ham and Tottenham. In the last game, although Liverpool edged past the Magpies, last season’s surprise package in the top four, courtesy two goals from the Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez on the dying minutes, thus leading them on the fourth place, Van Dijk’s sent-off was a major blow for Klopp’s men, with going down to 10 men.
With a decisive action impending for the Liverpool captain, gaffer Jurgen Klopp would have to look for other options explicitly if charges against Van Dijk are deemed fruitful, which will be decided after FA records the statement of the match official in charge, John Brooks. This season, PGMOL has made it clear that they will be cracking down any abuse faced by referees this season, thus causing substantial reduction in match officials’ mis-treatment.