Liverpool star Van Dijk breaks silence on FA fining him £100k and lengthening ban

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has admitted his sending off in opposition to Newcastle final month has proved “costly” after he was fined £100,000 and handed an additional one-match ban by the FA. The 32-year-old is at present on worldwide obligation with the Netherlands and captained his nation throughout their 3-0 Euro 2024 qualifying victory over Greece on Thursday.

Van Dijk was given his marching orders simply 28 minutes into the conflict at St James’ Park after denying Alexander Isak a goalscoring alternative. The centre-back kicked by the Sweden participant earlier than making contact with the ball after which remonstrated with referee John Brooks and the fourth official after being dismissed.

And the centre-back subsequently admitted he acted in an improper method. “It has been a tough and costly lesson,” Van Dijk advised reporters in a press convention forward of his nation’s encounter with Eire on Sunday evening. “I can’t actually say extra about it.

“I’ve accepted it and I’m comfortable that there’s an finish to it. Hopefully the cash goes to the precise folks. trigger is all the time higher.” On Friday, an FA assertion learn: “Virgil van Dijk has been suspended for one match and fined £100,000 for breaching FA Rule E3.1 throughout Liverpool’s Premier League fixture in opposition to Newcastle.

“The defender admitted that he acted in an improper method and used abusive and insulting phrases in the direction of a match official after being despatched off within the twenty ninth minute, and the sanctions have been subsequently imposed by an unbiased regulatory fee.”

And the 2019 Champions League winner mentioned on Instagram: “I might similar to to make it clear I completely settle for the panel’s resolution. It was my first pink card of my Liverpool profession and I let my frustrations get the higher of me in an intense and heated second. I apologised instantly after the sport to the match officers and take full duty.”

Van Dijk missed Liverpool’s Premier League victory over Aston Villa final weekend because the Reds ran out 3-0 winners and is now set to overlook his aspect’s conflict with Wolves subsequent weekend. He’ll then be capable to return to top-flight motion when the Reds host West Ham on Sunday, September 24.

Liverpool have loved a robust begin to the brand new season after ending fifth within the Premier League final time round. The Merseyside giants secured a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season earlier than seeing off Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield every week later. Jurgen Klopp’s aspect then overcame Newcastle 2-1 earlier than defeating the Villans. And they’re at present third within the Premier League desk.

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