Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has been handed a four match suspension for his red card he picked up in 1-1 draw with Basel in the Champions League back in December.
Markovic used his arm and struck Behrang Safari in an attempt to get the better off the defender, an act for which he was given the marching orders immediately.
The draw was not enough in the end to send Liverpool through as a result they dropped down to the Europa League where they face Besiktas in the last 32 on Thursday.
Markovic was certain to get a one match suspension but UEFA’s disciplinary committee found the incident worthy of a harsher punishment.
The Serbian international took twitter to express his disbelief. Rodgers will now miss one of his most improved players this season in their Europa League campaign.
— Lazar Markovic (@LMarkec50) February 17, 2015
Check out some of the reactions from the Liverpool fans:
Lazar Markovic has been given a 4 match ban for flicking thin air at a Basel player. RIDICULOUS decision. Was never even a red card. — LFC Alliance (@LFCAlliance) February 17, 2015
Lazar Markovic given a 4 game ban for his red card vs Basel?! What an absolute joke
— The Redmen (@LiamLFCButler) February 17, 2015
That Lazar Markovic ban is an absolute joke !! Weren’t even a red card to then get 4 game ban just taking the piss really — KB Sahota (@KBSahota) February 17, 2015
Lazar Markovic 4 match European ban, confirmed. Absolutely farcical, arguably should have been rescinded, in my opinion. Ridiculous
— Jay Riley (@Jay_78_) February 17, 2015
Liverpool fans are clearly are not impressed with the decision and rightly so. Check the incident below and let us know whether it was a harsh decision from UEFA?