Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk suspended for extra match and fined £100,000
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Virgil van Dijk was sent off in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool captain has been suspended for one extra match and has been fined £100,000, the Association has confirmed.

Van Dijk during his side’s 2-1 win on August 27.

The Dutchman as he left the pitch.

He was initially slapped with a one-game ban, which ruled him out of Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over on Sunday.

But the FA wishes to clamp down on abuse towards match officials and after Van Dijk admitted that he used insulting language, he will now be banned for a second game and will miss Liverpool’s clash against Wolves on September 16.

The FA said in a statement: ‘The defender admitted that he acted in an improper manner and used abusive and insulting words towards a match official after being sent off in the 29th minute, and the sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent regulatory commission.’

Van Dijk said: ‘Following the announcement today, I’d just like to make it clear I totally accept the panel’s decision. It was the first red card of my Liverpool career and I let my frustrations get the better of me in an intense and heated moment.

‘I apologised immediately after the game to the match officials and take full responsibility.

‘Time to move forward now. I will continue supporting the team in every way I can.’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handed Van Dijk the captain’s armband this season after selling Jordan Henderson to Al-Ettifaq.

Van Dijk’s behaviour towards Brooks in the win over Newcastle .

Klopp, meanwhile, felt the red card was harsh, saying afterwards: ‘I don’t think it is a red card. It’s pretty much no contact, very little, and it’s on the way to the ball, but what can I say?

‘The decision is like this, I cannot change it and I don’t want it. It’s just, would I give this in a training game? Definitely not. There are reasons why I am not a ref and they are.’