Unhappy Brendan Rodgers had some harsh words for referee Lee Mason
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted his charge from the FA for comments he made about referee Lee Mason after his side’s 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City.
Rodgers appeared to ask why an official from the Greater Manchester area had been put in charge of the game.
Rodgers is now likely to be fined following a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend and will take place in due course.
The FA claim his comments questioned the integrity of Mason and implied he showed bias.
Rodgers was upset that a Raheem Stirling effort was mistakenly ruled out for offside and a Luis Suarez penalty appeal turned down.
He described the performance of Bolton referee Mason and his officials as ‘horrendous’.
When pressed Rodgers added: ‘Hopefully we don’t have a Greater Manchester referee again for the Liverpool v Manchester City game. I’m sure we won’t get somebody from the Wirral.’
He said later: ‘I wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees. It was a logical comment after having a referee from that part of the world at a game in Manchester.’
The day after the game Rodgers insisted he was trying to make a valid point and did not intend to slight Mason.
‘In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees,’ he said.
‘It was more than logical (as a comment) in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester.
‘I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.
‘I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees.’