Jurgen Klopp is set to be CHARGED by the FA over his interview attacking ref Paul Tierney – and faces multi-match ban for accusing him of having an agenda – as refs chiefs say Liverpool boss LIED
- Jurgen Klopp accused Paul Tierney of making ‘unacceptable’ remarks at him
- PGMOL have since accused the Liverpool manager of lying in a statement
- The Reds boss now has a wait on his hand to see if he will receive a ban or fine
Jurgen Klopp is set to be hit with an FA charge after the Liverpool manager’s astonishing verbal attack on referee Paul Tierney.
It comes after the Reds’ dramatic 4-3 victory over Tottenham in which Klopp rushed over to celebrate Diogo Jota’s stoppage time winner in front of fourth official John Brooks – pulling his hamstring in the process.
Tierney then booked the Liverpool boss who had been angered by the decision to award Tottenham a free-kick which led to Richarlison’s equaliser just moments earlier.
Klopp said on Sky Sports after the game: ‘What he (Tierney) said to me then when he gave me the yellow card. That’s not possible. But it’s not OK as well,’ adding Tierney said something ‘unacceptable’ to him.
The Liverpool boss now has a wait on his hands to see whether he will receive a ban or a fine by the FA, after PGMOL insisted that he lied in a sensational statement.
Jurgen Klopp is facing an FA ban following his actions at the end of Liverpool’s win over Spurs
The Reds boss celebrated Diogo Jota’s late winner in the face of fourth official John Brooks
Klopp then accused referee Paul Tierney of making ‘unacceptable’ remarks towards him
The referees’ governing body released a statement on Sunday saying: ‘PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his side’s fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.
‘Match officials in the Premier League are recorded in all games via a communications system and having fully reviewed the audio of referee Paul Tierney from today’s fixture, we can confirm he acted in a professional manner throughout, including when issuing the caution to the Liverpool manager so, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were improper.’
The Liverpool manager has history with Tierney which stems back from a prior clash against Tottenham back in December 2021.
Klopp at the time said Tierney was the only referee he had ‘problems’ with, after he was angered that Harry Kane avoided a red card for a challenge on Andrew Robertson – only for the Scotsman to be later sent off himself.
After their clash on Sunday, the German said: ‘We’ve had our story, history with Mr Tierney.
‘I really don’t know what this man has with us. He will always say there’s nothing but it’s not true. It cannot be, I don’t understand that. It cannot be. I’m really not sure if it’s me, how he looks at me. I don’t understand it.
‘I really have no problem with any people, not with him as well. But I say again. He was reffing at Tottenham when Harry Kane didn’t get a red card. And Harry Kane, I love this player, what a player, crazy, I don’t want him to get a red card – but it was a red card in that game.
‘And it was Mr Tierney and nobody asked him about it because they don’t have to clarify situations. So it’s really tricky and it’s difficult to understand and my celebration towards the fourth official I didn’t say any bad words.
Klopp has been accused of lying as PGMOL refuted his claims about referee Tierney
Liverpool threw away a three-goal lead before Jota capitalised on a late Tottenham mistake
The hosts had raced into a three-goal lead inside the first 15 minutes thanks to goals from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah.
Spurs then fought back with strikes from Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Richarlison, the Brazilian’s leveller coming in the 93rd minute. But just 99 seconds later, Diogo Jota found the net to make it 4-3 to the Reds.
That goal sparked Klopp’s over-the-top celebration – and after the game, Sky pundits criticised the Liverpool manager.
Graeme Souness said Klopp will wish he didn’t celebrate like he did in front of the fourth official, while Roy Keane said it ‘didn’t look good’ after the German pulled his hamstring in the middle of his furious celebration.
Jamie Redknapp continued: ‘Not for a couple of weeks anyway, he’ll not be moving too well. By the time he gets there the game will be kicking off. But no I can’t condone that.
‘Grass roots, everything we’re trying to do, it (that behaviour) filters down to young kids. It filters down to coaches. If you start running in people’s faces like that it’s not right. He knows that. But you can’t do that. It’s not on.’
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