Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has sent a
goodwill message to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson who was stretched off the pitch at the Etihad Stadium.
already trailing to Sergio Aguero's cool finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson that left City's keeper requiring lengthy treatment for facial injuries before he was replaced by Claudio Bravo.
The Senegalese in a message to Ederson on his facebook page wrote: "I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery. I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it.
"I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon!"
Fans and pundits have been divided over the Reds forward's
sending off but the rule book shows they should not feel aggrieved by the decision. To quote directly from the rulebook - specifically Law 12 on fouls and misconduct, under the unambiguously-titled section ‘Sending-off offences’: “A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play. A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.”
Mané’s challenge certainly looked innocent enough on first viewing, which was of course
the only viewing that Moss had. The Senegalese’s eyes were on the bouncing ball, which was there to be won in a 50/50 challenge with Ederson. Had he met the ball cleanly, he would have had the beating of City’s ‘keeper and all but certain to score.
Unfortunately, none of that matters. What matters is that his challenge for the ball constituted serious foul play – one of the seven offences
that under the laws of the game should be punished by a red card.
Manchester City went on to thrash the 10-man Liverpool 5-0 as Ederson's team-mates took ruthless advantage of their numerical advantage to send out an ominous message of intent to their Premier League title rivals.