Liverpool have won their appeal against Alexis Mac Allister’s red card in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, meaning the midfielder is available for upcoming games.
Mac Allister was controversially dismissed on his home debut after a challenge on Ryan Christie in the second half. Referee Thomas Bramall brandished a straight red card and VAR official Paul Tierney did not intervene.
Alexis Mac Allister will not serve a suspension after a successful appeal against the red card he received during Saturday’s victory over AFC Bournemouth.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 22, 2023
The decision left Mac Allister facing a three-match ban that would have ruled him out of clashes with Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves.
However, an independent regulatory commission has now rescinded the suspension after Liverpool appealed the sending off.
In a statement, an FA spokesperson confirmed: “Alexis Mac Allister‘s three-match suspension has been removed following a claim of wrongful dismissal.”
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher had previously stated it should not have been a red card offence.
The successful appeal is a big boost for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp, meaning Mac Allister can now feature in the upcoming games.
It continues an ongoing issue with inconsistent and poor officiating even with the use of VAR in the Premier League.
One of the VAR officials from the Bournemouth match, Constantine Hatzidakis, will again be assisting VAR for Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle on Sunday.