Due to remarks he made after Liverpool’s victory against Tottenham in April about referee Paul Tierney, Jurgen Klopp has been issued a two-match touchline suspension.
The Football Association imposed the penalty after Klopp acknowledged that his remarks, in which he claimed Tierney had animosity toward his club, called into doubt the impartiality of the referee and damaged the reputation of the sport.
In extra time of his team’s 4-3 victory over Spurs at Anfield, Klopp, who was also fined £75,000, was seen racing up to the fourth official’s face in celebration following Diogo Jota’s thrilling late winner.
The first game of the suspension must be served right away, while the second is put on hold until the conclusion of the next season, pending behavior.
Klopp gets a fine as well as a ban
An FA statement read: “Jurgen Klopp has been suspended from the touchline for two matches and fined £75,000 following media comments that he made after Liverpool’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 30 April 2023.
“The first match of the manager’s touchline ban is effective immediately and the second is suspended until the end of the 2023/24 season on the condition that he does not commit any further breaches of FA Rule E3 in the meantime.
“(He) admitted that his comments regarding the match referee during post-match media interviews constitute improper conduct as they imply bias, question the integrity of the referee, are personal, offensive, and bring the game into disrepute.”
In his post-match press conference, he said: “How they can give a foul on Mohamed Salah (just before Spurs’ third goal)? We have our history with Tierney. I really don’t know what he has against us.
“He has said there is no problems but that cannot be true. How he looks at me, I don’t understand it. My celebration was unnecessary, which is fair, but what he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not OK.”