Liverpool manager Jurgen klopp has been handed a touchline ban or the equivalent of a fine after being charged by the Football Association (FA) over comments he made about referee Kevin Friend after his side’s Premier League clash at West Ham.
Klopp indicated that after the 1-1 draw, that Friend’s second-half performance had been affected by an assistant referee’s mistake for Sadio Mane’s opening goal in the game.
Saidou Mane’s goal was allowed despite James Milner being clearly offside in the build-up before Michail Antonio’s equalizer, which cost Liverpool two points in the title race at the London Stadium.
The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on 4 February 2019 breached Rule E3(1) as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”
Klopp has until 6pm on February 18 to respond to the charge by the English FA..
The German has already been punished by the FA this season.
He was penalized for £8,000 for running onto the Anfield pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s stoppage-time winning goal against Everton in December 2018.
By Olukayode Oniwinde
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