Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk has been recommended by the Football Association (FA) to serve a four-match suspension for his “unacceptable behavior” after being shown a red card during the match against Newcastle.
Referee John Brooks sent off Van Dijk in the early stages of the game at St James’ Park following a trip on Alexander Isak.
While leaving the field, the Dutchman unleashed a verbal outburst towards Brooks and fourth official Craig Pawson, leading former Premier League official Mark Halsey to advocate for a lengthier ban in light of Van Dijk’s conduct.
“Van Dijk will rightly receive a one-match ban for the straight red card but I believe his suspension should be increased. The abusive and insulting language used by the new Reds leader could be worthy of another RED CARD and result in an additional three-match ban.
“That would rule out Van Dijk for four matches in total – a fitting punishment for his poor conduct. Howard Webb went around all of the clubs in a bid to improve the standards of behaviour towards officials. But clearly some players, including Van Dijk, didn’t bother to listen,” Halsey told the UK Sun.