Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk received a red card in the encounter against Newcastle and has been recommended to receive a four-match ban by the Football Association (FA).
Van Dijk was shown the red card by referee John Brooks in the first half for a foul on Alexander Isak at St. James’ Park.
As he walked off the field, the Dutchman exploded verbally at Brooks and the fourth official, Craig Pawson.
Mark Halsey, a former Premier League official, has asked for a longer suspension for Van Dijk due to his behavior.
“Van Dijk will get a one-game suspension for the red card, which is fair, but I think it should be enhanced. The new Reds leader’s use of disrespectful and abusive language may warrant a second RED CARD and a subsequent three-game suspension.
That would mean Van Dijk misses a total of four games, which is appropriate given his terrible behavior. Howard Webb visited all of the clubs in an effort to raise awareness about the need of respect for match officials. Halsey told the UK Sun, “But obviously some players, including Van Dijk, didn’t bother to listen.”