Jurgen Klopp charged by the FA for improper conduct after berating assistant referee for failing to credit Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s win over Manchester City
- Liverpool manager was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for his behaviour
- Jurgen Klopp said he deserved red after the game but doubled on criticism
- German now faces curse in the stands after being charged by authorities
Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct after he verbally abused the assistant referee in his side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City.
The Liverpool manager was sent to the stands by Anthony Taylor after he was believed to have acted aggressively towards Gary Beswick after waving the referees when Klopp felt Mohamed Salah had been offended.
The FA’s accusation, regarding Klopp’s breach of the FA E3 rule, opens the prospect of the Liverpool manager having to spend one or more games in the stands.
Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the FA for violating their E3 rule covering
To sue Klopp on Tuesday afternoon, the FA statement read: “Jurgen Klopp has been accused of breaking FA rule E3 after Sunday’s Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC [16/10/22].
It is alleged that the behavior of the Liverpool FC manager during the 86th minute of this match was inappropriate and he has until Friday [21/10/22] react.’
The definition of Rule E3 in the FA Handbook for the 2022-23 season reads as follows: ‘A competitor must act in the best interests of the game at all times and must not act in any way that is improper or interferes with the game discredits. or use any or a combination of violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent, or abusive words or behavior.”
In a spirited and tantalizing match, Klopp had previously gotten too close to the fourth official when he complained about another incident and his yelling at Beswick was deemed over the bar.
Klopp towered over the official to express his feelings as he was urged to calm down
While it remains unclear what exactly Klopp has said, the nature of his aggression and how close he got to the assistant seemed to leave the FA with little choice but to intervene.
Although he admitted after the game that he deserved a red card for his behaviour, Klopp redoubled his criticism of the referees who said they had missed a clear foul.
He told Sky Sports: “Probably deserved in the end, but you can’t have this situation.
“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.’
His actions and comments in retrospect sparked criticism from those who suggest that grassroots people who abuse extensively — both verbally and occasionally physically — learn their behavior at the highest level.
dr. Tom Webb, who has investigated referee abuse, told The Telegraph: “If coaches and players in the Premier League do it, then it must be good”
“What kind of message is this (Klopp berating the official) sending to people watching? These kinds of images make people think that referees are honest.’