FA punishes Virgil van Dijk following red card vs. Newcastle

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The Football Association has filed a complaint against Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk for his actions following his dismissal in the team’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.

The FA released a statement that said, “Virgil van Dijk has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 during Liverpool’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Sunday, 27 August.”

The defender was accused of acting inappropriately and/or verbally abusing and/or insulting a match official. Van Dijk has till Friday to appeal the accusation; he will be suspended for one game automatically as a result of receiving a red card.

Shortly before the half-hour mark, Van Dijk fouled Alexander Isak, the final defender for Liverpool, and was immediately given a straight red card. Van Dijk was seen shouting at referee John Brooks as his judgment was being reviewed by VAR, and the FA decided to take action against the Liverpool centre-back as a result. 

If Van Dijk is found guilty, his ban can be prolonged. The Dutchman’s participation in the upcoming matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United now looks to be in doubt. He is already expected to miss Sunday’s visit from Aston Villa.

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