By MARTIN BLACKBURN
JAVIER MASCHERANO’S appeal to have his suspension overturned has been thrown out by the FA.
The Argentinian midfielder was charged with improper conduct following his amazing outburst against referee Steve Bennett in Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester United last month.
Mad Masch’s crazy reaction to being sent off resulted in an extra two-match ban and £15,000 fine on top of his one-match suspension.
He opposed the decision with former FA Compliance officer Graham Bean, who represented Liverpool, claiming Mascherano had been made a scapegoat.
However, the appeals panel told him his behaviour was ‘wholly unacceptable’ so stood by their original verdict. As a result, Mascherano will sit out Sunday’s clash with Blackburn.
His punishment comes in the wake of The Sun’s Shut It! campaign to name and shame football’s loudmouths.
An FA statement said: “The panel considered the behaviour unacceptable and the suspension fully justified.”