Martin Skrtel charged for ‘stamp’ on David de Gea

by Ben Topliss

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following his alleged stamp on Manchester United keeper David de Gea in the Premier League meeting between the two sides last weekend.

Skrtel appeared to stamp on De Gea in the dying moments of Man United’s 2-1 victory on Sunday.

If found guilty, the 30-year-old could face a ban of up to three games. Skrtel has until 18:00 GMT to respond to the charge.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not see the stamp but three former officials agreed that it was a sending-off offence after watching video of the incident.

The charge compounds Liverpool’s misery after captain Steven Gerrard was sensationally sent off 38 seconds after coming on as a half time substitute.

It was a shameful challenge from Skrtel and one which could have seriously injured De Gea.

Fans of both clubs expect blood and thunder in games between the two sides but setting out to deliberately hurt an opponent is despicable. If found guilty, Skrtel will be lucky just to escape with a three-game ban.

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