Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel pleads innocence over De Gea stamp

The Slovakian has professed his innocence regarding an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has responded to his three-match suspension via his official website.

The Slovakian was handed the retrospective ban by the FA following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

It came as a result of the defender allegedly stamping on United goalkeeper David de Gea during the final moments of the game, with him having hurdled the keeper as he rushed out, only to stamp on his leg in the process.

The official on the day, Mike Mullarkey, missed the incident during the game, allowing the FA to punish him retrospectively - although Skrtel later denied the charge. Now, he has maintained his innocence via his official website.

"It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban," he 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. It was a long ball and he went towards me and I wanted to jump over him. Simple as that."

The three-match ban comes at a bad time for Brendan Rodger’s side, who are also without captain Steven Gerrard following his dismissal in the same game.

Gerrard was given a straight red card for a stamp on United midfielder Ander Herrera, just 38 seconds after coming on as a second half substitute, earning himself a three-match ban in the process.

That leaves Liverpool without two key players for the remaining games, as they try to chase down the teams ahead of them in the race for Champions League qualification.

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