Rodgers accepts FA charge

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted an FA charge following comments about referee Lee Mason.

Last Updated: 08/01/14 at 18:22 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Now likely to be fined

Brendan Rodgers: Now likely to be fined

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted a charge following comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed.

Rodgers claimed the performance of the officials in the Reds' loss at Manchester City on December 26 was "horrendous" and also questioned why a Greater Manchester referee, in Bolton's Mason, was appointed to the fixture.

Rodgers is now likely to be fined following a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend and will take place in due course.

Rodgers had been frustrated by a number of decisions during the Barclays Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, which his side lost 2-1.

Most notably Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside when through on goal while Luis Suarez was denied a late penalty.

"I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance," Rodgers said of the officials after the game.

"Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

That was viewed as an attack on the integrity of Mason and brought him to the attention of the FA.

Rodgers later said that was not his intention and he was trying to make a valid point about where Mason is from.

"In terms of geography, I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees," he said.

"It was more the logic of it 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."


Bet on Stoke v Liverool with Sky Bet!


Meanwhile, Liverpool are still waiting to learn the full extent of defender Daniel Agger's calf injury.

The 29-year-old was forced off in Liverpool's FA Cup third-round win over Oldham at Anfield on Sunday, leaving his side with 10 men for the closing stages.

Agger has undergone a scan which has confirmed the injury as a strain but further assessment will be required to determine how long he might be out.

Agger had only recently regained his place in the side following injury to Mamadou Sakho.

Sakho was expected to be out for six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the loss to Chelsea on December 29, although reports have suggested his recovery is ahead of schedule.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received following the death of his wife.

Didier Drogba confirms he will leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba has announced today’s Premier League game against Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player.

Mike Ashley says he will not sell Newcastle United until he has won trophy

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he will not sell the club until he has won a trophy.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company