Rodgers charged over comments

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the FA over comments he made about referee Lee Mason.

Last Updated: 03/01/14 at 18:41 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Premier League Top 4 Finish 13/14. Click here to bet.

Brendan Rodgers: Not happy after the 2-1 loss at Manchester City

Brendan Rodgers: Not happy after the 2-1 loss at Manchester City

Rodgers was unhappy about several decisions made by the officials during the Etihad Stadium encounter, which the hosts won 2-1 after trailing 1-0.

And, in his post-match remarks, he questioned the decision to place a referee from Greater Manchester in charge of the contest.

He has now been handed an FA charge and has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond.

An FA statement read: "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged over post-match media comments he made following his side's game against Manchester City on 26 December.

"It is alleged the comments by Rodgers called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game."

Rodgers was unhappy about the incorrect decision to rule Raheem Sterling offside when he was through on goal in the first-half and also felt Liverpool could have had a pair of penalties after the break.

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

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

"I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. I am sure we won't get someone from the Wirral for Liverpool-Man City."

Rodgers then stood by his comments the following day and denied he was trying to attack Mason.

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

"(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."

Bet with SkyBet  Premier League Top 4 Finish 13/14. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Reports: Moyes facing the sack

According to various reports, David Moyes is set to be sacked from his role as Manchester United manager.

Moyes demands final push

Manchester United boss David Moyes has challenged his under-fire players to end the season on a high by winning their four remaining matches.

Champions League: Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois happy to take on Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois is delighted to have been cleared to face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property