Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for his comments about referee Paul Tierney after his side’s 4-3 win against Tottenham on Sunday. The FA alleged Klopp’s comments constitute “improper conduct” and he has until Friday, 5 May to respond to the charge. Klopp has expressed regret for his comments and denied that he lied about his conversation with Tierney.
Klopp was furious with Spurs being awarded a free-kick which led to their equaliser and ran to scream at the fourth official after the winner, hurting his leg in the process. He was shown a yellow card by the referee after his celebration and, speaking after the game about when he was booked, Klopp claimed what Tierney said to him was “not OK”. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said Tierney “acted in a professional manner” throughout the game and when cautioning Klopp.
Klopp and Tierney have a history of contentious decisions. In 2020 Tierney reportedly told Klopp to “get over it” after the referee admitted he had missed a foul on Georginio Wijnaldum in a game against Aston Villa. Tierney was also in charge of a Liverpool game at Tottenham in December 2021 when Spurs striker Harry Kane escaped a red card before Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson was dismissed. The match ended in a 2-2 draw which resulted in the Reds losing ground to Manchester City in their Premier League title fight. Tierney was also the referee when Everton were denied a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in February 2022. City midfielder Rodri appeared to control the ball with his arm and, while Tierney and video assistant referee Chris Kavanagh did not deem it worthy of a spot-kick, former PGMOL head Mike Riley later apologised to the Toffees for the decision.
Klopp was given a one-match ban after he was sent off against Manchester City in October for berating the referee’s assistant after the FA appealed against the original punishment. He was also fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct. Earlier this month, Tierney booked Liverpool’s Robertson after an incident involving assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis. Liverpool went on to miss out on the Premier League title by one point to City that season. In January this year after a loss to Brentford, Klopp said he had approached the officials – including Tierney – to discuss decisions made during the game.