Adam Lallana

Bad for Southampton & West Ham: Adam Lallana sent off for throttling Spurs captain

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana sent off vs Tottenham

Adam Lallana was sent off on Monday for Liverpool U23s in a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.

England international Lallana gave the officials little choice after he throttled Spurs U23 captain George Marsh.

Lallana’s behaviour was unacceptable and hugely out of character for the midfielder.

The spark came as Marsh went into Lallana’s back when challenging for a high ball.

Adam Lallana vs George Marsh

While Marsh may have fouled Lallana in the air, the reaction of the Liverpool star was hugely disproportionate.

Lallana, who was playing in the match to regain match fitness from a thigh injury, attacked Marsh by wrapping his hands around the Spurs midfielder’s neck. It was shocking.

Cue the obvious red card, while Lallana was dragged away from the scene by his Liverpool team mates.

Adam Lallana strangles George Marsh

Bad for Southampton & West Ham

Liverpool’s next few matches in the Premier League are against Southampton and West Ham.

However, in bad news for the Saints and Hammers, Lallana will be available for those games.

Despite being sent off for the U23s, Lallana is still available for selection for Jurgen Klopp and the senior side. As explained on Goal.com, the Liverpool midfielder will not face a ban for his bad behaviour:

While the incident does carry a three-game suspension, FA bylaws seem to indicate it applies to only non-first team matches.

That would mean Lallana would be available for selection for Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool’s next three Premier League games, which are against Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle. 

Is it right that Lallana will face no repercussions for his assault against Tottenham?

Or is this a loophole in the law which needs to be fixed up?

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