The Liverpool player Sadio Mane has said that he was surprised to receive a red card for the challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson as he had expected a yellow.
Mane was shown the straight red card by referee Jon Moss after his high boot caught Ederson in the face towards the end of the first half last weekend. After the incident, Claudio Bravo replaced Ederson.
Liverpool failed in their appeal to have Mane’s suspension overturned earlier this week so the winger will be forced to miss the next three domestic matches.
However, Mane was part of the Liverpool team that drew 2 – 2 with Sevilla in the Champions League earlier this week and after the game he spoke about his surprise at receiving the red card.
“Honestly, I was focusing more on the goalkeeper than the card and when I saw the red card I was surprised because I was expecting a yellow card,” he said.
“But I’ll accept it and try to forget it. I was going for the ball and I didn’t have the intention to hurt him because I’m not that kind of player. I wish him a quick recovery. It’s not easy for me because I love to play football and I enjoy helping my team to win games.”
After the incident Ederson received around eight minutes of treatment before he was taken off on a stretcher. Since then a photograph has been released showing that he needed eight stiches in wounds on the side of his face.
Nonetheless, he was able to return to the City bench in the second half of the match and later in the week he trained with the team, while wearing protective headgear, ahead of the team’s Champions League match at Feyenoord.