Sport Mane: I only expected a yellow

12:41  14 september  2017
12:41  14 september  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

'I was lucky' - Ritchie relieved to avoid red for Mane-esque Mawson challenge

  'I was lucky' - Ritchie relieved to avoid red for Mane-esque Mawson challenge Just a day after the Liverpool man's controversial dismissal, Ritchie concedes he was fortunate to escape with yellow for a similar tackleNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie admits he was "lucky" to avoid being sent off for a Sadio Mane-esque challenge in Sunday's 1-0 win at Swansea.

Liverpool supporters bombarded the FA's Twitter page after Newcastle star Matt Ritchie was only shown a yellow card for his challenge on Swansea's Alfie Mawson. I expect Mane 's card to be reduced to yellow in the morning @FA.

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Sadio Mane says he was expecting only to be booked for the challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson which saw him sent off.

Mane was shown a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after his high boot caught Ederson in the face towards the end of the first half on Saturday, with the Brazilian having to be replaced by Claudio Bravo.

Liverpool failed with an appeal to have Mane's suspension overturned on Tuesday, meaning the winger will sit out the next three domestic fixtures.

He was in the Reds side which drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, and afterwards spoke of his surprise at being dismissed in the City game.

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Sadio Mane says he was expecting only to be booked for the challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson which saw him sent off. "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.

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"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."

Ederson needed around eight minutes of treatment following the incident before he was taken off on a stretcher at the Etihad and a photograph released since has shown eight stitches in wounds on the side of his face.

He was able to return to the City bench in the second half, and trained - wearing protective head gear - on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Feyenoord.

Liverpool fail in Mane appeal .
Liverpool have failed in their attempt to shorten the ban handed to Sadio Mane following his red card against Manchester City. Twitter: FA commission rejects Sadio Mane appeal against length of ban for red card v Man City (@MarkOgden_) Mane was handed a three-match ban after his red card on Saturday, a decision Liverpool were not happy with it. The player, however, will now serve the ban and three games. Mane will the games Premier League games against Burnley and Leicester, as well as the League Cup match against the Foxes, which is in between the two domestic fixtures. Mane was shown a straight red card during the latter stages of the first half on Saturday for a high challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson. The Senegalese attacker made contact with the goalkeeper rather than the ball, leaving the Brazilian needing stitches. The decision changed the game completely and City went on to win the game 5-0.

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