Why Trent Alexander-Arnold could be charged by the FA after Man City game

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a late equaliser to secure a point for Liverpool in Saturday’s clash with Man City.

The Liverpool defender could face punishment by the FA following his celebration in front of Manchester City fans over the weekend.

Alexander-Arnold, 25, scored in the 80th minute to draw his side level after Erling Haaland had initially given the home side the lead in the first half.

However, after scoring what was his first goal of the season, he ran towards the home fans to celebrate in front of them, holding his finger to his lips to ‘shush’ the Etihad faithful.

Understandably, it enraged the home crowd and now it’s been revealed that he could face a charge from the Football Association after he admitted to deliberately celebrating in front of the home support, according to the Mirror.

It all came from his post-match, interview in which the Reds vice-captain said: “It’s always good to celebrate in front of away fans. Seeing all of the faces is really funny.”

The current layout of the law is that players are typically booked for provoking opposition fans, but referee Chris Kavanagh opted against a booking on this occasion.

Although, according to the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) Law 12.3 states that a player “must be cautioned” for “gesturing or acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way”.

A recent example of a similar situation was Chelsea’s Cole Palmer who shushed the Tottenham fans following his successful penalty during the 4-1 win over their London rivals.

No action was taken or even mentioned alongside that moment and it seems rather unlikely that the FA would take any serious action.

Fans can’t believe that the governing body are even investigating such an incident as one fan wrote: ‘Trent Alexander-Arnold. First ever football player punished for shushing the crowd?’

While another said: ‘This has to be a joke, right?’

And another claimed: ‘Can’t even celebrate anymore…’

The goal topped off what was a strong all-round performance for the England international who was named in the BBC Sport’s Team of the Week and garnered praise from the footballing world.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *