The Senegal international will now miss three games after receiving a straight red card at the Etihad Stadium following a high foot challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson.
The Portuguese shot-stopper had to leave the pitch with a cheek injury, with pictures since then showing the full extent of the damage done by Mane’s challenge.
Liverpool had started that game brightly before a big decision from Jon Moss left them with ten men against a rampant City side, who took full advantage by adding a further four goals to their 1-0 lead.
The Merseyside giants had been understandably keen to see the ban reduced as they and many others felt there was a case for saying Moss’ decision was harsh.
Mane didn’t appear to show malicious intent with the challenge, but the laws of the game state that the referee made the right call on the day.
Law 12 of the Football Association’s laws of the game clearly states: ‘A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play. A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.’
Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures
Sevilla – Champions League (H) – Wed 13 Sep
Burnley (H) – Sat 16 Sep
Leicester City – EFL Cup (A) – Tue 19 Sep
Leicester City (A) – Sat 23 Sep
Spartak Moscow – Champions League (A) – Tue 26 Sep
Newcastle (A) – Sun 1 Oct