The three-match suspension handed to Curtis Jones following a contentious red card decision during his team’s recent 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur is set to stand, after an appeal against the decision failed.
The incident occurred when Jones received what was initially a yellow card from the match referee. However, the use of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology prompted a comprehensive review of the tackle, which eventually led to a change in the decision – the yellow card was upgraded to a red card, causing uproar among Liverpool supporters.
The Merseyside club, not willing to accept the decision without a fight, promptly lodged an appeal to contest the alteration of the card. Liverpool’s appeal, however, proved unsuccessful, leaving Jones sidelined for the next three fixtures.
The decision to increase the punishment for Curtis Jones was made on the grounds of serious foul play. The VAR review identified a level of misconduct that warranted the more severe punishment, further fuelling the debate around the use of video technology in football.
This suspension couldn’t come at a worse time for Liverpool, as they are gearing up for crucial matches in the Premier League. Jones will be unavailable for selection in upcoming fixtures against Brighton, Everton, and Nottingham Forest, leaving manager Jurgen Klopp with some tough decisions to make in midfield.
Thankfully for Liverpool, there is a silver lining to this situation. The suspension handed down to Curtis Jones will not apply to UEFA competitions. Consequently, Jones will be eligible to participate in the forthcoming Europa League clash against Union SG, providing some much-needed relief for Liverpool supporters and the team itself.