The English Football Association have charged Jurgen Klopp following his comments about referee Kevin Friend in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Feb. 4. The Liverpool manager has until 6 p.m. local time on Feb. 18 to respond. In a postmatch interview with Sky Sports, Klopp suggested. Friend did not “want to open the gap a bit more” after half-time as the match officials made a clear mistake in the first half
“Jurgen Klopp has today been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” a FA statement said on Wednesday. “It is alleged that comments he made in a postmatch interview breached Rule E3(1) as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and implied bias.”
Liverpool went 1-0 up against West Ham through a Sadio Mane goal in the 22nd minute, despite James Milner being offside in the build-up. Michail Antonio equalized for the hosts six minutes later.
Klopp said, “We scored a goal, which I heard after the game, was offside, which explains a little bit the second half,” Klopp afterward. “I think the ref knew at half-time, I only knew after the game. He knew it, for sure, at half-time and then you saw there was a lot of strange situations — not decisive, just rhythm-breakers. That didn’t help us.
Klopp added: “In the second half there were so many situations — 50-50s, 60-40s or whatever — and a free-kick for the other team.” “As a human being, if I would have known that I had made a big mistake in the first half [then] I don’t want to open the gap up a bit more.” “The refs are human beings, and I understand that. In the game, I did not understand it because I had no clue that our goal was offside.”
In December, the FA hit Klopp with an £8000 fine for improper conduct as he celebrated a stoppage-time winner against Everton by running to the center circle.