Martin Skrtel: I don’t feel guilty about David de Gea stamp

by Ben Topliss

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel feels no remorse over the stamp on Manchester United keeper David de Gea which resulted in his three-match ban.

The Slovakian had appealed the violent conduct charge that was brought against him earlier this week, saying the challenge was accidental.

However, an independent panel found Skrtel guilty and eventually banned him for three games at a crucial point in Liverpool’s season.

Despite the decision, Skrtel maintains his innocence and does not feel guilty about the situation.

Speaking about the ban, Skrtel said: ”It feels strange because we appealed against those charges and still I was hit by a three-match ban. 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.”

Skrtel has been far from reserved on the subject and posted an Instagram picture of some clowns on Wednesday which was widely viewed to be a comment on those who judged him at the FA.

It was a disastrous afternoon for Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team, who also had Steven Gerrard sensationally sent off after 38 seconds during the fixture.

With Liverpool’s problems spilling out into public, the episode will be particularly satisfying for United fans as Louis van Gaal‘s quietly go about their aim of qualifying for the Champions League.

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