De Gea stamp was an accident, Skrtel insists

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has questioned the three-match ban handed to him for stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, the Daily Telegraph has reported, insisting any incident was a total accident.

Skrtel was sanctioned for stamping in the closing moments of United’s 2-1 win at Anfield and banned retrospectively, joining Reds captain Steven Gerrard in sitting out the next three games for disciplinary reasons after he was sent off less than a minute after coming on as a half-time substitute for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

The Slovakia international appealed the suspension, unsuccessfully, but said on his personal website that he didn’t understand why he was punished as there was no malice or intent in what happened with the Spain goalkeeper. “It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban,” Skrtel said.

“I didn’t want to stamp on him. It was an accident and I didn’t do it on purpose. I don’t feel guilty,” he added. “It was a long ball and he went towards me and I wanted to jump over him. Simple as that.

Skrtel made his feelings regarding the decision known when, after his suspension was announced, he posted a picture of clowns on his personal Instagram page, but it’s not thought he will face extra punishment as a result. He stands to miss Premier League games against Arsenal and Newcastle United and the FA Cup quarter-final replay with Blackburn Rovers.

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