Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp was banned for two matches on Thursday for questioning the integrity of the Premier League referee, with his poor disciplinary record and failure to heed previous conduct warnings counted against him.
Klopp, who was also fined £75,000 ($93,000), will not be in the technical area for Liverpool’s next game of the season – at home. Aston Villa On Saturday – but the second match of his sentence was suspended until the end of next season.
He pleaded guilty to improper conduct in relation to his comments about Paul Tierney, which were seen as implicit bias, questioning the referee’s integrity and bringing the match into disrepute.
After winning 4-3 spurs Last month, Klopp claimed that what Tierney said to him when shown the yellow card was “not good”, adding: “We have our story and our history with Mr Tierney. I really don’t know what that guy has with us.”
Klopp was booked to celebrate facing fourth official John Brooks afterwards Diogo Jota extra time goal.
In written reasons issued by an independent disciplinary panel, it said Professional Game Match Officials Limited – English football’s refereeing body – considered Klopp’s comments an “unprovoked attack on the integrity of Mr Tierney”.
The committee noted that Klopp appeared in disciplinary hearings three times in the past five years.
“These sanctions clearly failed to deter Mr. Klopp from committing nine similar breaches of the rules,” the written reasons read. “Mr. Klopp is a huge figure in the world of football. He must have known that what he said would get a lot of publicity.
“He should have been aware that he had to restrain himself and act properly. Statements made/relied upon by Mr. Klopp were not limited to comments on the direct match, but extended to allegations of persistent bias against a blameless referee. The intense media attention that followed Mr. Klopp’s remarks It was very harmful.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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