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Klopp charged by FA over referee comments in West Ham draw
By Eurosport

13/02/2019 at 19:08

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was charged by the English Football Association (FA) on Wednesday over comments he made about the referee after his side's 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League on Feb 4.

The German manager said referee Kevin Friend's performance was affected by the decision to allow Sadio Mane's opening goal, which should have been ruled out for offside.

The FA said Klopp had been charged as the comments "questioned the integrity of the referee and/or implied bias".

West Ham equalised through Michail Antonio's goal before the interval but Klopp said Friend "did not want to open the gap any more" in the second half.

Manuel Pellegrini head coach of West Ham United talks to Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini head coach of West Ham United talks to Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium.Eurosport

"As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don't want to open the gap any more," Klopp said after the match at the London Stadium.

"Referees are obviously human beings, and I understand that, but I didn't during the game because I had no clue that our goal was offside."

Klopp has until 1800 GMT on Monday to respond to the charge.

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