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Mascherano handed four-game ban

21 Dec

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has been hit with a four game ban after his straight red card in the loss to Portsmouth on Saturday.  It’s a four game suspension since it’s his second sending-off of the season.  On the red card tackle, Mascherano also sprained the medial ligament in his knee.  The injury will keep him out at least a couple weeks, so essentially it means he will serve his ban while injured.  The fact that he’s injured takes the teeth out of the punishment, but Liverpool will be grateful they caught a break.  He’ll miss league games against Wolves, Aston Villa and Tottenham as well as the FA Cup third round tie with Reading.  The first game he will be eligible to come back is against Stoke on January 16.  On the plus side, it probably means that we will get to see Alberto Aquilani step into a starting role.

As far as the red card goes, I really don’t think the challenge was that bad.  I’ve heard some people refer to it as a “career-ending tackle”, but it definitely wasn’t.  I’ve seen a lot worse.  It was slightly out of control, but honestly, I don’t think I would have even given a red card for it.  What do you think?  Check out the video below:

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