FA charge Jurgen Klopp for postmatch comments on referee

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been formally charged by the English Football Association (FA) for his post-match comments against West Ham on February 4.The German was heavily critical of referee Kevin Friend at the end of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium.It marked the Reds’ second successive draw and handed title rivals Manchester City the chance to leapfrog them into top spot of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more.Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead in the match with a questionable goal that had James Milner seemingly offside during the build-up to the opener.Due to this, Klopp suggested that Friend had favoured West Ham in the 50-50 decisions during the second half despite it only taking the hosts six minutes to get back level through Michail Antonio.“There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40… [he gave a] free-kick for the other team,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“As a human being, I know if I make a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want to open the gap even more.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the FA were not amused with Klopp’s comments, which breaches the Rule E3, and have now formally charged him.“Jurgen Klopp has today been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” read a FA statement.“It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on February 4, 2019, breached Rule E3(1) as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”Klopp will have until Monday evening at 7:00 PM (CET) to answer to the FA’s charge.The 51-year-old is currently in Marbella, Spain, at a training camp as Liverpool prepare for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash against Bayern Munich at Anfield next Tuesday night.The Reds will then take on rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford five days later in the Premier League.LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on January 19, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)last_img

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