Frank Lampard acknowledges that managers have a responsibility to behave on the sidelines, but the Everton boss does not believe there is a direct correlation between Premier League actions and the grassroots.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was shown a red card in Sunday’s win over Manchester City by referee Anthony Taylor after launching an angry diatribe against the assistant official when no foul was committed against Mohamed Salah.
A charitable organization of referees criticized the German, saying that what people see on television is repeated further down the pyramid, but Lampard disagrees.
Frank Lampard has maintained that yelling at officials does not affect referee abuse at lower levels
The Everton boss spoke out after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre) was shown a red card for yelling at the linesman during his side’s clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday
Klopp towered over the official to express his feelings as he was urged to calm down
“We have a responsibility, but there is also a microscope where we work under high pressure,” he said. “It’s easy for me to sit here in a quiet moment. Klopp came out and apologized.
“If you try to draw the line from that to the Sunday League and attack the referee, it’s a personal thing. I do not see it.
“With (Antonio) Conte and (Thomas) Tuchel (who had a spat on the sidelines) earlier in the season we said ‘This is great, this is what the Premier League is about’.”
Klopp now faces a one-game suspension from the sidelines following his actions.
The German apologized after the game against Sky Sports: “Probably deserved in the end, but you can’t have this situation.
Taylor stopped the match and sent Klopp to the stands after the incident – Klopp . even more furious
The German is now facing a sideline ban for one match after receiving his marching orders
“It’s the clearest offense I’ve ever seen in front of the linesman and it doesn’t bother him. It is obvious. They just watch the game, but we [the managers] are involved.’
He later added: ‘So, of course, red card, my fault. I went over the top in the moment.
“I don’t think I was disrespectful to anyone, but if you look back at the pictures – I know the way I look in these moments is already worthy of a red card. I lost it at that moment and that’s not okay.’
Klopp, like everyone else in the ground, was sucked into the fraught nature of the game and let the assistant referee know how he felt about not flagging for the tackle on Salah.
Liverpool won the match 1-0, with Salah scoring the only goal. Phil Foden had disallowed a goal for what Taylor judged as Erling Haaland’s foul on Reds midfielder Fabinho, leaving City boss Pep Guardiola furious.
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