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Virgil van Dijk defensive stat for never being dribbled past still stands as FA confirm Liverpool’s Community



August 8, 2019
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Virgil van Dijk’s astonishing 65-game record without being being dribbled past is STILL in effect.

It was believed the Liverpool centre-half had lost his impressive record when Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus accelerated past him during the Community Shield, but following clarification from the Football Association, the annual Wembley match is not a competitive game.

 

Virgil van Dijk’s incredible defensive stat is still in effect after the FA confirmed the Community Shield final is not a competitive game

Virgil van Dijk’s incredible defensive stat is still in effect after the FA confirmed the Community Shield final is not a competitive game

An FA spokesperson confirmed the fixture was classified as a ‘second grade’ game, therefore no stats count towards official totals.

Ironically, the Community Shield was declassified as a competitive fixture five years ago, meaning no goals count in any of their statistics, nor do booking or red cards.

It also meant a reprieve for Pep Guardiola, who received a booking for his touchline protests during his side’s penalty-shoot out win over the Reds.

 

Pep Guardiola, middle, was picked in Sunday’s Community Shield final

 

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Pep Guardiola, middle, was picked in Sunday’s Community Shield final

Many presumed the Spaniard would be the first boss to be sanctioned under a new system following the caution.

The latest rules that have come into effect in the Premier League this season will see managers and coaches shown yellow or red cards by top-flight referees if they breach misconduct rules.

Should particular incidents be deemed serious enough for further punishment, touchline bans could also be handed out.

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