The red card issued to Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister during the match against Bournemouth has been overturned following a successful appeal.
Referee Thomas Bramall had shown Mac Allister a straight red card in the 58th minute of Liverpool’s 3-1 home victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The decision stemmed from a challenge where Mac Allister caught Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Christie on the foot.
An official statement from the FA Spokesperson’s Twitter account announced, “An independent regulatory commission has lifted Alexis Mac Allister’s three-match suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal.”
The statement clarified that Mac Allister had been sent off for a perceived serious foul play during the Premier League game against Bournemouth on August 19.
World Cup-winner Mac Allister’s home debut was cut short with Liverpool leading 2-1. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shared his perspective on the situation, stating, “After the game I saw it back. I think if you have a list of points, what we need to give a red card, besides contact there’s nothing else, no other boxes ticked.”
Klopp acknowledged that it was a decision the team and he agreed on: if the referee had given a yellow card, VAR would not overturn it, and similarly, a red card would not be overturned by VAR due to the presence of contact.
This reflected the idea that the challenge didn’t constitute a clear and obvious mistake.
In response to the FA’s decision, Liverpool issued a statement confirming that the club’s appeal against the suspension had been successful, resulting in Mac Allister’s eligibility for selection when Liverpool faces Newcastle United on Sunday.