Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s comments about referee Kevin Friend’s performance in his side’s draw at West Ham earlier this month have cost him a £45,000 fine from the Football Association.
Klopp had accepted an FA charge after he claimed Friend was affected by the decision to allow Sadio Mane’s 22nd-minute goal to stand despite it being offside.
Speaking to Sky Sports immediately after the match, Klopp said: “We had good moments, scored a goal that was offside but I think the ref knew at half-time and you saw there were a lot of strange situations – not decisive, just rhythm-breakers…50-50s, 60-40s, free-kick for the other team.
“If I make a big mistake in the first half, as a human being I don’t want to open the gap more.”
That brought an FA charge for making comments which questioned the integrity of the referee or implied bias.
An FA statement on Thursday said: “Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after accepting an FA charge for comments made following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on 4 February 2019.
“His comments made during a post-match interview breached FA Rule E3(1), as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”
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