The agent of former Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan has been banned and fined by the FA over an “improper” use of Twitter, the Football Association have announced.
Saif Rubie has been given a £10,000 fine and has been suspended from “all intermediary activities” for six weeks up until January 15 for two breaches of rule E3 of the FA laws.
The agent has also been ordered to take part in an FA education programme tailored for improper use of social media within the next four months.
An FA document on the ruling detailed the two laws Rubie had breached, including “that the particiant’s comment on Twitter was improper and/brought the game into disrepute, contrary to Rule E3(1).”
The document, which did not specify what the ban was for, also said that “the participant’s post on Twitter was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting, contrary to Rule E3(1).”
The ban comes following Duncan’s controversial exit from Anfield to Fiorentina in the summer, with speculation surrounding his future rife in the days leading up to his departure.
The speculation was fuelled by Rubie, who blasted the Liverpool hierarchy – with sporting director Michael Edwards pinpointed specifically – in a post on Twitter in August.
The agent said that Duncan “wasn’t happy” at Liverpool and was being kept at the club “against his will”, adding that his client had been suffering from mental health issues due to the “pressure” Liverpool were putting him under.
Liverpool then released an official statement, saying they were “disappointed” by the “unfounded” allegations.
Rubie then deleted his Twitter account after many Liverpool fans reacted angrily to his claims.
In other Liverpool news, boss Jurgen Klopp has said he has never doubted the quality that midfielder Naby Keita possesses, following the Guinean’s brilliant display against Bournemouth at the weekend.
Keita opened his account for the season before assisting Mohamed Salah, having played a peripheral role since his arrival from RB Leipzig last summer due to fitness problems.
Klopp said: “We are not flying, it’s not like we won all of the games 4-0, or 5-0, so we had to bring on a player who helps us with defending set-pieces.
“Then Naby is sitting outside thinking, ‘why don’t I play?’ I get all that. So we stayed in contact, we talked and we spoke a lot about it.
“But in the end of course a player needs to have this evidence that the manager still believes in you. I was never in doubt about that.”
Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday as they look to secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League away at RB Salzburg.