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Liverpool’s Klopp fined over referee comments

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to match officials after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham © AFP/File / Glyn KIRK

LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined Sh5.8 million (£45,000) by the Football Association on Thursday for suggesting referee Kevin Friend had favoured West Ham in his side’s 1-1 draw at the London Stadium earlier this month.

Klopp, whose side are currently second on goal difference in the Premier League behind Manchester City, said he thought Friend realised he should have ruled out Sadio Mane’s 22nd-minute opener as James Milner was clearly offside in the build-up and tried to make up for it over the remainder of the game.

“Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after accepting an FA charge for comments made following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on 4 February 2019,” the FA said in a statement.

“His comments made during a post-match interview breached FA Rule E3(1), as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”

In December Klopp was fined £8,000 after he charged onto the pitch to hug goalkeeper Alisson Becker following his side’s late derby win against Everton at Anfield.

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