Jurgen Klopp CHARGED by FA over ref rant and Tottenham antics as Liverpool boss 'faces long ban' | The Sun

JURGEN KLOPP has been charged by the FA after his verbal attack on ref Paul Tierney.

The Liverpool boss faces a heavy fine and touchline ban for accusing Tierney of having an agenda against the Reds on Sunday.

An FA spokesperson said: "Liverpool FC’s Jurgen Klopp has been charged following their Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 30 April.

"It is alleged that the manager’s comments regarding the match official during post-match media interviews constitutes improper conduct in that they imply bias, and/or question the integrity of the referee, and/or are personal/offensive, and/or bring the game into disrepute.

"Jurgen Klopp has until Friday 5 May to provide a response."

Klopp's blast against Tierney came after Liverpool's dramatic 4-3 win over Tottenham on Sunday.


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Klopp went before the Sky cameras to claim: "We have our history with Tierney, I really don't know what he has against us.

"He has said there [are] no problems but that cannot be true."

The German was earlier booked for celebrating Diogo Jota's winner by steaming up to fourth official John Brooks.

And he was left fuming by a touchline interaction with Tierney, later telling reporters: "Paul Tierney came over to me, I didn't expect for a second a red card, and he said: 'For me it's a red card but because of him (the fourth official) it's a yellow'."

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Klopp's comments prompted a strongly-worded reaction from the PGMOL, who said: "PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his side’s fixture with Tottenham Hotspur. 

"Match officials in the Premier League are recorded in all games via a communications system.

"Having fully reviewed the audio of referee Paul Tierney from today’s fixture, we can confirm he acted in a professional manner throughout including when issuing the caution to the Liverpool manager.

"So, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were improper.”

Klopp has since admitted his temper got the better of him in the exchange and revealed he expected to land a reprimand as a consequence of his actions.

He added: "I know Paul Tierney is not doing this on purpose, absolutely not, but we have this history. It hasn't happened intentionally but it's still there.

"I really regret the headlines I created. I have no clue what happens now. We haven't heard anything yet.

"I probably have to expect a punishment. The red card I got against City was in the same spot, foul against the same player, Mo Salah."

Should Klopp be punished, he is likely to be hit with a fine and touchline ban by the FA.

Jose Mourinho's half-time attack on Jonathan Moss in Chelsea's 2015 2-1 defeat at West Ham landed him with a one-match stadium ban and £40,000 fine.

And Klopp is likely to already be feeling worse for wear

Klopp wasn't the only manager left fuming with Tierney on Sunday, with Spurs caretaker Ryan Mason blasting the official for not sending off match-winner Jota for catching Oliver Skipp in the head with his boots.

Mason said: "It's one of the clearest red cards I've seen, it's difficult to take. It's an impossible one to miss.

"When you talk about endangering an opponent, to draw blood from a stud when Skipp's head is five-and-a-half feet in the air baffles me.

"That type of decision is maybe the difference between winning the game or not.

"It's tough to understand and I would like an explanation.

"I saw the incident in real time and you have a feel for those sort of moments. The VAR official has the benefit of a replay.

"I would like an explanation and a reason why it wasn't [a red card].

"I can understand referees and officials on the pitch missing it even though my feeling was an instant red card because when your foot is studs showing and you're five-and-a-half feet off the ground and make contact with a player's head and draw blood, and there is a gash, I think it ticks all the boxes.

"Probably more so an experienced referee in the VAR room, you want him to help the official on the pitch in that moment.

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"Listen, it's decided the game because that player on the pitch shouldn't have been on there at the end.

"I'm pretty sure most football people's opinions will probably feel the same."

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