On Monday, the Premier League Referees Committee strongly defended referee Paul Tierney.
Klopp headed straight for the fourth referee in the game to celebrate in front of him after the Reds scored the winning goal in stoppage time, to end the game with four goals to three for Tottenham, after missing the chance to win three goals for nothing.
Match referee Paul Tierney showed a yellow card against Klopp, who appeared to move his adductor muscle as he celebrated the win.
Klopp admitted he deserved to be punished for his partying behavior but then accused Tierney of saying something “unacceptable” and suggested the referee had a grudge against his club.
Klopp had slammed referee Paul Tierney after the Reds were level with Tottenham last season by two goals apiece because he failed to issue a red card to Tottenham Hotspur attacking star Harry Kane during the match.
After the thrilling match at Anfield ended, Klopp told Sky Sports: “We have an old record with Mr Tierney… I really don’t know what this man is with us… I really don’t know. He’ll always say there’s nothing, and that’s it.” It’s not true, it can’t be like that.”
He added: “I don’t really know if it was about me, because of the way he looked at me, I don’t understand that. (As for) my celebratory behavior in front of the fourth official, i didn’t understand. say offensive words, nothing, but this (the behavior) was unnecessary, and i got my reward for it right away, i pulled my hamstring or my muscle adductor or whatever… Well, that’s fair, but what he said to me then when he gave me the yellow card… that’s unacceptable.”
However, the FA Referees Committee, which oversees referees in the Premier League, defended Tierney after reviewing the audio of his conversation with Klopp.
“(What is issued by) Premier League match officials is recorded in all matches via a communications system,” the committee said in a statement on Monday, adding that Tierney “behaved in a professional manner at all times. time, including when the warning is issued”. to the (technical) manager of Liverpool, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were inappropriate.”
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