‘There’s no excuse’: Jurgen Klopp apologizes for his aggressive response to assistant referee Gary Beswick during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Man City after the Liverpool boss was charged by the FA
- Liverpool manager was sent off for aggressive response to assistant
- Jurgen Klopp apologized for his comment and said he knew about the public role
- His response seems to have divided Premier League managers in the aftermath
Jurgen Klopp has apologized for ‘losing’ to assistant referee Gary Beswick and has vowed to try to curb his sideline behaviour.
The FA charged Klopp on Tuesday for breaching rule E3 during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday. He has until Friday to respond and the governing body will then determine a course.
It was the first time in seven years that Klopp had been in charge of Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp towered over the official to express his feelings as he was urged to calm down
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said on Tuesday that his counterpart had to be careful with how he acts technically and Klopp admits he has crossed the line.
The German went to referee Anthony Taylor an hour after the final whistle to discuss some issues and tried to explain how he reached the point where he was chasing Beswick after Mo Salah was grabbed by Bernardo Silva.
“It was my fault but it wasn’t like it was a boring 0-0 and I just stood there and went crazy,” Klopp said. “There’s no excuse, I don’t want an excuse, it happened and it was obvious as everyone saw it. That he gave me a red card is absolutely okay.
Klopp ran down the sidelines after Mohamed Salah failed to get a free kick
‘Send me away, fine.
“I know about our role in public and how difficult it is to be a referee. I’m a referee in training five times a week and you never get it right.
“In the end we are all human. 99 minutes in this case it was quite intense and always being the perfect version of yourself is actually not possible and at these moments more difficult.’
Frank Lampard said yesterday that managers need to know how to behave on the sidelines.
However, the Everton boss does not believe there is a link between the behavior of elite managers and the abuse of grassroots referees.
“We have a responsibility, I understand that,” said Lampard. “Managers are also being scrutinized these days and we have jobs under high pressure. The amount of pressure we come under and the decisions that go against you can rock you.
The Liverpool manager apologized for his reaction, saying he understood his public role and the importance of keeping a cool head
“We all know the situation. If you’re trying to draw the line between that and someone in a Sunday league physically assaulting a referee, that’s the personal responsibility of the person who did that, as it would be on the street.
“I don’t draw that line, but I understand the responsibility. I see managers dealing with themselves 99.9 percent of the time in stressful situations.’
West Ham manager David Moyes also defended Klopp before the clubs game tonight.
“We all have a lot of respect for referees. I hope they understand that for 90 minutes we can lose our heads a little bit,” Moyes said. “It will be a very emotional game. “Sometimes you can change your character from what your true character is. And actually, if you look at the incident that made him angry, wasn’t he right?’