Alexis Mac Allister’s red card against Bournemouth on Saturday has been overturned by the FA after Liverpool’s appeal against the midfielder’s three-match ban was successful.
Mac Allister was given a straight red by referee Thomas Bramall for a challenge on Ryan Christie just before the hour mark during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield, with his side leading 2-1 at the time.
The World Cup winner was set to be suspended for Liverpool’s next three matches against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves, but he will not now serve a ban.
Speaking after the game, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said “everything was lacking for a red card”.
He told Sky Sports: “We have to talk about it and everyone agrees. I 100 per cent understand how it looks for the ref in that moment but when you see it back it’s the inside of the foot with no power in it.
“We’ve seen harsher challenges that weren’t red cards that should’ve been. I think we should talk about it. If he said it was a yellow, the VAR wouldn’t have upgraded to a red card.
“Everything is lacking for a red card, the intensity. Yes, there was contact but there must be a different intention when it’s a red card. We will talk to the people about it.”
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