Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Fined By FA For His Post-Match Manchester City Comments

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 by The FA and given a warning after the manager accepted the charge of bringing the game into disrepute for his post-match comments after the Manchester City-Liverpool match.

Rodgers got into trouble after he mentioned that referee Lee Mason was from the Greater Manchester area, suggesting inherent bias, and asked whether we would ever see a match official from the Wirral refereeing a Liverpool match on Merseyside.

The FA announced today that Rodgers has been warned to his future conduct.

According to The FA,

“Rodgers was charged for a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his post-match comments following Liverpool’s game at Manchester City on 26 December 2013 constituted improper conduct in that they 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.”

Brendan Rodgers in his post-match interview had this to say about referee Lee Mason:

“We had no help from the officials. They were horrendous. We never got any decision for us. The linesman for the offside one – they’re not even on the same cut of grass. It is not even a difficult one.

“It is a perfectly timed run when he was through on goal, the kind of move we have worked hard on. You can’t get a decision like that wrong at this level. They are big moments in a big game.

“There was another incident where Luis didn’t get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott comes through and it was waved play on. It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. But it was throughout the game.

“Hopefully we don’t have a Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game. I was surprised we were playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester.

“I never speak about officials but I feel the need to protect the players this evening. They were outstanding and got nothing.

“Come the end of the game, the next day or two, I will get a call from an assessor and be asked for my opinion of the performance. I would ask the question. I am sure we won’t get Liverpool-Man City [refereed by] someone from the Wirral.”

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3 thoughts on “Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Fined By FA For His Post-Match Manchester City Comments”

  1. Rodgers made two mistakes.

    First, he didn’t keep his powder dry by waiting until after the Chelsea match to make a statement. Big matches are often spiced up with some sort of controversy, so he should have played the odds and waited.

    Second, he focused on integrity instead of competence. In both matches, there were blatant examples of referees either being overwhelmed by circumstances or shockingly incompetent.

    Oh, well. First offense and a pittance. Hopefully he’s learned a valuable lesson and next time when he wants to protect his player and the points they are denied he’ll be more shrewd.

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