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Mascherano faces additional ban

Mascherano is now suspended for next week's match against city rival Everton, but could be banned for longer if the FA finds him guilty.

sports Updated: Mar 26, 2008 22:32 IST

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano could have the ban for a red card he received at Manchester United extended after he was charged with improper conduct on Wednesday. The Argentina midfielder was sent off for two yellow cards in the 44th minute of Sunday's 3-0 Premier League loss for apparently asking why striker Fernando Torres had been booked. The Football Association has charged Mascherano over his reaction to the decision, since he refused to leave the field and had to be led away by Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

Mascherano is now suspended for next week's match against city rival Everton, but could be banned for longer if the FA finds him guilty.

Mascherano, who has until Thursday to respond to the charge, had already been cautioned for a late sliding tackle on Paul Scholes, and he continuously protested referee Steve Bennett's decisions throughout the first half.

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