FA make decision on punishing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for Paul Tierney comments

Klopp thinks first-half decisions had impact on Liverpool’s draw at Spurs

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will not be punished for his scathing attack on referee Paul Tierney it has been confirmed. Tierney felt the German’s wrath after overseeing an eventful game in north London on Sunday as the Reds drew 2-2 with Tottenham in the Premier League.

Tierney was at the centre of the action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he decided to let Harry Kane off with only a booking after the forward had landed a horror tackle on Andy Robertson in the opening period.

He then denied Liverpool a penalty before the break after Diogo Jota was bundled over by Emerson Royal.

And the man in the middle chagrined Klopp further when he sent Robertson off for a wild lash on Royal late on.

The visibly angry Reds boss marched onto the pitch after the final whistle to confront Tierney.

“Honestly, I have no problem with any referees, only you,” the 54-year-old hissed to the match official as shown in a video posted by Sky Sports.

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“You don’t give us this penalty – you have never played football.”

Klopp took his criticism further during his post-match press conference as he suggested Tierney’s problem was personal.

“I really have no idea what his problem is with me,” Klopp said.

“Honestly, I have no idea. I have no problem. You just need an objective ref who sees the situations and judges them and not opinions.”

But Klopp will not be punished despite the nature of his comments, the FA have said. English football’s governing body investigated what Klopp said but have decided no further action is necessary.

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Klopp had also earlier blasted the referee during an interview with BBC Sport.

“You can give Robbo a red card,” said the former Borussia Dortmund boss. “It is not the smartest challenge but that [the Kane challenge] is definitely a red card. No doubt about it.

“His leg was in the air, it was pure coincidence. Harry cannot judge it. If Robbo’s leg is on the ground it is a broken leg.

“We have a VAR sitting there and he thinks have a look again at Robertson again. Fine – that’s what he is there for.

“But what did he do in that situation? And then there is the penalty situation with Diogo Jota.

“Mr Tierney told me Diogo stops on purpose because he wants the foul. First and foremost if you want to shoot you have to stop because you cannot do both.”

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp agreed with Klopp and claimed that Kane’s status as the England captain played a part in hum being brandished a yellow card instead of a red.

The Sky Sports pundit said the player had been “reckless” and “out of control”.

And Redknapp said Tierney should have consulted VAR after Jota had been felled.

He declared: “Look at the position of the referee – surely he can see that.

“It is a horrendous decision, he just barges him. At least get some opinion from VAR. It is such a bad decision.

“There is not a fan of football or an ex-player who would say that is not a penalty. It is a joke of a decision.”

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