Javier Mascherano has admitted to his improper conduct charge from the Football Association, but the Liverpool midfielder has requested a personal hearing.
Mascherano was charged by the FA after he was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United last Sunday.
Mascherano is currently serving a one-match suspension for the dismissal, ruling him out of Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.
But if the charge of improper conduct is upheld then he will also miss an additional two Premier league matches.
An FA statement read: “Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano has admitted a charge of improper conduct and requested a personal hearing.
“The charge relates to his reaction towards referee Steve Bennett after being sent off against Manchester United on 23rd March.
“The case will be heard by a regulatory commission on Thursday 3rd April.
“Mascherano is currently serving a one-match suspension for the sending-off.”