Jurgen Klopp hit with FA charge after explosive Paul Tierney comments

Liverpool boss Klopp clarifies Tierney comments ahead of Fulham match

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association following comments he made about referee Paul Tierney. Klopp appeared to imply that Tierney held a grudge against his side and suggested there was a negative ‘history’ between the Premier League club and the official.

The German was booked by Tierney for celebrating in the face of fourth official John Brooks after Liverpool scored a 94th-minute winner against Tottenham on Sunday. He then went on to claim that the experienced referee had said something unsavoury as he showed the yellow card, something both Tierney and the PGMOL deny.

Klopp has now been charged by the FA for alleged improper conduct and implying bias, the governing body announced on Tuesday. The Liverpool head coach has until the end of the week to respond to the charge.

An FA statement read: “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 constitute 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.”

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The charge relates to Klopp’s post-match interview with Sky Sports after Liverpool beat Spurs 4-3. He said: “How they can give a foul on Mohamed Salah [before Spurs’ third goal]? We have our history with Tierney, I really don’t know what he has against us, he has said there is no problems but that cannot be true.

“How he looks at me, I don’t understand it. In England nobody has to clarify these situations, it’s really tricky and hard to understand. My celebration was unnecessary, which is fair but what he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not okay.”

The PGMOL – the professional referees’ body – released a statement ‘strongly refuting’ any wrongdoing on the part of Tierney. Klopp then appeared to backtrack on his comments on Tuesday, suggesting his anger was sparked by the 42-year-old official saying he would personally have red-carded the former Borussia Dortmund coach, only for Brooks to advise only a yellow.

“The whole situation shouldn’t have happened. [There was] a lot of emotion, anger in that moment, that’s why I celebrated why I did,” Klopp said.

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“That was the situation. The ‘no foul’ on Mo [Salah], free-kick for Spurs then the goal, then we score. I should be happy but I was still angry I couldn’t get close to the fourth official, I felt my muscle. That’s it. Then, when Paul Tierney came over to me, I didn’t expect a red. I expected yellow. He said to me: ‘For me it’s red but because of him [the fourth official], it’s yellow’. I said: ‘Red card for what?’

“I went in, tried to calm down and couldn’t when I spoke to [the] press. Then I said that what he said was not okay. I thought it wasn’t okay because it wasn’t a red but I opened the box with that. I should’ve just said he said it was a red card, the rest was how I felt at that moment.”

He went on to admit: “I shouldn’t have said what I said but I didn’t lie. It’s not my hands what goes on now. We won a game in a spectacular manner and the only headlines I created [were negative].

“We expect a reaction because everyone tells us something will come. I probably have to expect a punishment. Refs think I questioned their integrity which if I am sitting here now calm, I don’t do. The red card against [Manchester] City was the same spot and player, Mo Salah involved.”

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