Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the FA over refereeing

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Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the FA over refereeing

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What punishment can Klopp expect after the FA charge?

Mark Ogden explains the potential punishments awaiting Jurgen Klopp if he is found guilty of his charge by the FA.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the FA over his comments about referee Paul Tierney following Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 win over Tottenham.

Klopp was booked for celebrating Diogo Jota’s 94th-minute winner by running towards fourth official John Brooks at Anfield, where the German was also injured in the process.

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After the game, Klopp accused Tierney of having something “against” Liverpool, but refereeing body PGMOL reviewed Tierney’s audio and said he acted professionally throughout.

“The manager’s comments regarding the match official during post-match media interviews are alleged to constitute misconduct as they suggest bias and/or impugn the referee’s integrity and/or are personal/offensive and/or bring a game into disrepute,” The FA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Klopp has until May 5 to respond to the accusation.

Klopp said after the game that he was angered by the remarks the referee made to him on the touchline, describing them as “not good”.

In a press conference on Tuesday ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Fulham, Klopp revealed what Tierney said: “I couldn’t get close to the fourth official, I felt my muscles [after pulling a hamstring]. That’s it. Then Paul Tierney came to me, I wasn’t expecting red. I expected yellow. He told me, “It’s red for me, but because [you taunted the fourth official], it’s yellow.’ I asked: “Red card for what?”

“I went in, tried to calm down and failed when I spoke [the] Press. I then said that what he said was “wrong”. I thought it was wrong because it wasn’t red, but I opened the box with it. I should have just said he said it was a red card. At that moment I felt rest.”

Jurgen Klopp celebrated Sunday’s win by confronting fourth official John Brooks.Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images

British media reported on Tuesday that Klopp faces a lengthy ban for his celebration, with the FA expected to take a hard line to show it is protecting match officials.

In 2018, then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger received a three-match touchline ban for verbally abusing a referee and questioning his integrity.

Asked about a potential ban, the German coach said he regretted his actions and was preparing for punishment: “I shouldn’t have said what I said, but I didn’t lie.

“It is not in my hands what will happen now. We won the game 4-3 in spectacular fashion and [the] just titles i created [were negative]. We expect a reaction because everyone is telling us [a punishment] will come.”

Klopp picked up a hamstring injury during the celebration, which he said would be serious enough to keep a player out for six weeks.

This report uses information from Reuters.

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