Jurgen Klopp red card referee’s charity amid riots to call managers to question


Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the assistant referee in Liverpool’s win over Manchester City earned him a red card.

A leading referees’ charity has called for an inquiry into the touching behavior of managers after ugly scenes at several Premier League games.

He came on a weekend where Merseyside Youth League matches postponedexternal link amid ongoing problems with abusive referees.

“People mimic what they see on TV,” said Ref Support UK CEO Martin Cassidy.

“For years we have said that disagreement with judges comes from the top down and from the bottom up.

“When you see world-renowned figures like Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola playing like that, people in youth football replicate it and it perpetuates the idea that it’s okay to do that.”

Klopp apologized in his post-match comments but insisted his behavior was out of frustration at the officials giving Liverpool a free-kick for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.

“Something broke in that situation, I’m not proud of it – I deserved the red card, and the way I looked at the moment is not right,” admitted the 55-year-old German.

However, Liverpool fan Cassidy said apologies would not be enough and the League Managers Association must encourage its members to behave with respect.

“As far as I know, the LMA has never made a statement condemning this behavior, is there a code of conduct? They must take responsibility,” he said.

“It’s about time we did some research into the behavior of people on the touchline – it’s going on and on and I don’t think people understand the implications at a grassroots level.”

BBC Sport has approached LMA for comment.

While Klopp’s tirade at the official who ran the line at Anfield was the most controversial, he was by no means alone on a day full of controversy.

His equal Pep Guardiola Anthony Taylor was confronted by the referee, invited by the video assistant to consult his pitch-side monitor, when he disallowed a City goal for a foul on Erling Haaland.

Manchester United players, led by Bruno Fernandes, protested against referee Craig Pawson during the draw with Newcastle.
United players, led by Bruno Fernandes, protested against referee Craig Pawson during the draw with Newcastle.

elsewhere, Manchester United The players surrounded referee Craig Pawson in anger after disallowing a Cristiano Ronaldo goal Stopover with Newcastle United.

There were similar scenes West Hamplayers at SouthamptonPunishing Peter Bankes for not ruling out Saints’ opening game, Hammers boss David Moyes said VAR needed to “go to Specsavers”.

And Chris Kavanagh was also in the crowd at Elland Road in another game about VAR intervention by players from both sides. Premier League leaders Arsenal beat Leeds.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Rodri Anthony Taylor clashed with referee during Liverpool's defeat.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Rodri Anthony Taylor clashed with referee during Liverpool’s defeat
Anthony Taylor makes his way between the Manchester City players and coaches to inspect the pitchside monitor.
Anthony Taylor joins the Manchester City players and coaches to inspect the VAR monitor
Television footage showed players, managers and fans giving their thoughts to referee Anthony Taylor as he watched the VAR replay
Television footage showed players, managers and fans giving their thoughts to referee Anthony Taylor as he watched the VAR replay
Manchester United players surround referee Craig Pawson
Referee Craig Pawson is at the center of a protest by Manchester United players
Almost the entire Manchester United away team protested referee Craig Pawson's decision.
Almost the entire Manchester United away team protested referee Craig Pawson’s decision
West Ham players surround referee Peter Bankes complaining about Southampton's opening goal in the 1-1 draw.
West Ham players surround referee Peter Bankes complaining about Southampton’s opening goal in the 1-1 draw.
Referee Chris Kavanagh faced the wrath of both teams as Leeds beat Arsenal at Elland Road.
Referee Chris Kavanagh faced the wrath of both teams as Leeds beat Arsenal at Elland Road…

Referee Chris Kavanagh faced the wrath of both teams as Leeds beat Arsenal at Elland Road.

‘Yellow cards for abusing the solution’ – Lineker

BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker believes the problem of referee abuse in the professional game can be solved by tougher penalties.

“I think you stop that by issuing yellow cards for any kind of abuse and then straight away red,” Lineker, who has never received a booking in his playing career, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It will be carnage for a few weeks, but they will learn as they do, as with kickers, you can’t do more. It would work, I’m convinced.”

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