Virgil van Dijk charged with improper behavior after receiving a red card at Newcastle United.
According to reports, the FA has charged Virgil van Dijk for his behavior after collecting a red card against Newcastle over the weekend.
In the first half of Liverpool vs. Newcastle at St. James’ Park, the Dutchman received the sending off for bringing down Alexander Isak outside the area. The referee was John Brooks.
In an effort to recover the ball, Van Dijk turns out to have hit the Magpies forward, preventing him from scoring.
Furthermore, the 32-year-old was obviously incensed by the choice and much more so when VAR chose not to reverse it. He also vented his resentment on referee Brooks while protesting on the sidelines.
Since then, ESPN journalist Mark Ogden has stated that he will face charges for his actions, which the FA apparently regarded to be “abusive.”
Journalist Mark Ogden
He wrote on Twitter: “Van Dijk charged by FA after he allegedly ‘acted in an improper manner and/or used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official after the red card in the 29th minute’ at Newcastle.”
In fact, Van Dijk was heard yelling abuse at Brooks and reportedly called the choice a “f***ing joke,” requiring the intervention of his manager.
The former Southampton defender received a one-match punishment at first, under Premier League regulations. However, given the most recent rumors, it’s possible that the Dutchman might receive a longer suspension.
Additionally, former referee Mike Dean believes Van Dijk may be in “further trouble” for his response to the ruling.
Van Dijk objected and launched an inappropriate verbal volley at fourth official Craig Pawson, the man told the Daily Mail.
Van Dijk, though, “may find himself in further trouble with the football authorities depending on what is there in the referee’s report.”
Although Jurgen Klopp agreed with his captain, he said in a post-game press conference: “I don’t think it’s a red card. What can I say? There is hardly any contact at all, and it is on the route to the ball. I cannot and do not want to change the decision.