Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has received a two-match touchline ban plus a £75,000 fine for questioning the decisions of referee Paul Tierney after Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Tottenham last month.
Klopp was shown a yellow card for running down the touchline and celebrating in front of fourth official John Brooks after Diogo Jota scored the winning goal in stoppage time.
Klopp later claimed that Tierney’s comments were inappropriate and that he didn’t understand why the official had a problem with Liverpoo
The first match of the ban is effective immediately, meaning Klopp will be in the stands for Liverpool’s final home game of the season, against Aston Villa on Saturday, while the second is suspended until the end of the 2023-24 season on condition he does not repeat the breach. Klopp must also cover the costs of the independent regulatory commission that heard the case on top of his £75,000 fine.
The FA stated that Klopp’s comments about Tierney in post-match media interviews were improper conduct as they suggested bias, questioned the referee’s integrity, were offensive, personal and brought the game into disrepute. Klopp admitted to the charges.
Klopp spoke to journalists after the match and expressed his frustration with Tierney’s decision to award a foul against Mohamed Salah just before Tottenham Hotspur’s third goal. Klopp also mentioned that Liverpool had a history with Tierney and that he didn’t understand why the official had a problem with Liverpool.
Klopp admitted that his celebration was unnecessary but felt that Tierney’s comments to him when he was given a yellow card were inappropriate.