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Rodgers won't fight FA charge

Brendan Rodgers has accepted an FA improper conduct charge over his recent post-match comments at Manchester City.

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Brendan Rodgers: Unhappy with Lee Mason's performance

Brendan Rodgers: Unhappy with Lee Mason's performance

The Liverpool manager was charged in the wake of his side's 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day.

Rodgers called the performance of the officials "horrendous" and questioned the wisdom of allowing Bolton-based referee Lee Mason to take charge of a game involving a Manchester club.

He later denied disputing the integrity of the officials, arguing he was "only speaking honestly after the game".

But Liverpool will not contest the FA's charge, and Rodgers is now likely to be fined once the case is heard.

The Irishman was infuriated by an incorrect offside decision against Raheem Sterling with the City game still goalless, and he also felt Luis Suarez should have been awarded a second-half penalty.

Explaining his post-match comments the day after the defeat Rodgers said: "I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees.

"(The comment) was more than logical in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester.

"I wouldn't suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.

"I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees' Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees."

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