Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk handed extra one-game ban for referee outburst | Liverpool

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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk has been handed an additional one-match ban and a £100,000 fine after admitting he acted in an improper manner following his red card at Newcastle.

Van Dijk was dismissed for a foul on Alexander Isak in the first half of Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at St James’ Park on 27 August but initially refused to leave the pitch before remonstrating with referee John Brooks.

An automatic one-match ban saw the centre-back suspended for the 3-0 win over Aston Villa before the international break, but he will now also serve an additional suspension and so miss the trip to Wolves on 16 September.

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A statement from the Football Assocartion read: “Virgil van Dijk has been suspended for one match and fined £100,000 for breaching FA Rule E3.1 during Liverpool’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle.

“The defender admitted that he acted in an improper manner and used abusive and insulting words towards a match official after being sent off in the 29th minute, and the sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent regulatory commission.”

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