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Klopp charged by FA over comments about referee Tierney

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged by FA after comments that he made about referee Paul Tierney following their 4-3 win over Tottenham on Sunday. Klopp was booked by Tierney for his reaction to the fourth official when celebrating Diogo Jota’s late winning goal.


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“We have our history with (Paul) Tierney, I really don’t know what this man has against us, he has said there are no problems but that cannot be true,” he said at the time.

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Klopp was quoted as saying “I don’t know what this man has against us” after he was shown a yellow card by the official for his celebrations in the direction of fourth official John Brooks following Liverpool’s last-minute winner at Anfield.

Klopp suffered a hamstring injury in his reaction to the fourth official incident, then further hit out at Tierney in his post-match interviews, saying the referee’s comments when awarding him the booking was “not okay”.

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Klopp added:

“My celebration towards the fourth official, I didn’t say any bad words or anything unnecessary, which is fair. I got my punishment by pulling my hamstring. But what he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not okay.”

Let’s take a look at the history between Klopp and Tierney

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In 2020 Tierney reportedly told Klopp to “get over it” after the referee admitted he had missed a foul on Georginio Wijnaldum in a game against Aston Villa.

Tierney was also in charge of a Liverpool game at Tottenham in December 2021 when Spurs striker Harry Kane escaped a red card before Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson was dismissed.

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The match ended in a 2-2 draw which resulted in the Reds losing ground to Manchester City in their Premier League title fight.

Tierney was also the referee when Everton were denied a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in February 2022.

City midfielder Rodri appeared to control the ball with his arm and, while Tierney and video assistant referee Chris Kavanagh did not deem it worthy of a spot-kick, former PGMOL head Mike Riley later apologised to the Toffees for the decision.

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Liverpool went on to miss out on the Premier League title by one point to City that season.

In January this year after a loss to Brentford, Klopp said he had approached the officials – including Tierney – to discuss decisions made during the game.

“That’s exactly the same as I would talk to my microwave, you get no response, really, it’s always the same,” he told beIN Sports.

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Earlier this month, Tierney booked Liverpool’s Robertson after an incident involving assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis.


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