Liverpool to appeal against length of Sadio Mané’s ban after red card

Liverpool are to appeal against the length of Sadio Mané’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.

Mané was sent off for raising his foot in a challenge with the City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat on Saturday.

Mané’s boot caught Ederson in the face on the edge of City’s penalty area, and the 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by the referee Jon Moss.

Only a claim of wrongful dismissal would see Mané’s ban completely withdrawn, but that is unlikely so the forward still faces at least one game out.

Liverpool have the option to claim the ban represents excessive punishment and intend to do so.

A successful appeal would see Mané’s ban reduced by either one or two matches.

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