Everton have decided to take action against Ramiro Funes Mori for his tackle on Liverpool striker Divock Origi, which resulted in the defender receiving a straight red card.
This is despite the fact Funes Mori issued a public apology for the incident via Instagram on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Daily Mail, Funes Mori will be docked a week’s wages for his reckless challenge on the Belgium international.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
Liverpool are still waiting to discover the full extent of Origi’s injury - the 21-year-old was stretchered off the pitch following the challenge - but it’s been reported, per the Guardian, that the forward faces four to six weeks out with ankle ligament damage.
Jurgen Klopp, who said Origi’s injury had cast a “big shadow” over Liverpool’s 4-0 win in the Merseyside derby, is expected to reveal whether or not this is the case in his weekly press conference on Friday afternoon.
Funes Mori will serve three-match ban
Funes Mori will serve a three-match ban, starting during Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley, but did express remorse on social media less than 24 hours after the incident.
“I very much regret what happened Thursday,” the Argentina international, who signed from River Plate last summer, revealed on Instagram. “It was never my intention to harm my rival nor my colleagues leaving the field. And regarding Divock Origi, I fervently hope it's nothing serious and know that it was never my intention to hurt. I ask apologies for what happened.”
Robles confirms Funes Mori apologised in dressing room
Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles, meanwhile, has confirmed Funes Mori apologised to his teammates for being sent off in the dressing room after the match.
“He got the red card and with ten it was difficult,” the Toffees’ shot-stopper commented. “I think he went for the ball, in another game maybe he wouldn't have got a red card. But he did say sorry, and was very sad at the situation.”
Funes Mori slammed by Jamie Carragher
Funes Mori was lambasted for the challenge by fans and pundits alike, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher adding the defender was ‘embarrassing’ for “kissing” the Everton badge as he walked off the pitch.
"He has let himself down with the challenge,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. "It happens in football. I've made bad challenges and other players have made bad challenges, but going off the pitch he was kissing his badge to the Everton fans.
"I was made up he went off in some ways because it helped Liverpool get more goals, but why was he kissing the badge?
"Number one, he has only been here for two minutes and number two, why is he playing to the crowd because he has injured a Liverpool player? Are they going to be happy with that?
"They were getting battered in the game and he's now going to miss the biggest game of the season when they've got Jagielka out.
"It's embarrassing. What is he doing? Everton fans won't fall for that nonsense."
Are Everton right to dock Ramiro Funes Mori a week’s wages? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms