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Liverpool manager Klopp fined £30,000 over Manchester City red card but escapes ban



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been fined £30,000, the Football Association said on Thursday, but he has avoided a touchline ban following the red card he received during the Reds’ 1-0 win over Manchester City earlier in October.

The German was sent off for confronting Anthony Taylor after the referee decided against penalising City’s Bernardo Silva for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.

Klopp later said that he should have dealt with the situation differently, admitting: “The red card is my fault. I went over the top in the moment…

“I don’t think I was disrespectful to anybody, but when you look at the pictures back, I know myself, at 55 years, the way I look in these moments is already worth a red card – who cares what I say.

“I lost it in that moment, it’s not OK. But I think, a little bit as an excuse, I would like to mention: how can you not whistle that foul?”

He has now been found guilty of improper conduct by an independent panel and handed a £30,000 fine.


England’s governing Football Association, however, could lodge an appeal against that decision once it receives the written reasons from the panel.

An FA statement read: “Jurgen Klopp has been fined £30,000 for breaching FA Rule E3 during Liverpool FC’s Premier League match against Manchester City FC on Sunday Oct 16.

“The manager accepted his behaviour during the 86th minute was improper, and an independent regulatory commission imposed his sanction during a hearing.

“This sanction is subject to appeal by either Jurgen Klopp or the FA following receipt of the independent regulatory commission’s written reasons.”

In February 2021, Klopp was fined £45,000 after accepting an FA charge for questioning the integrity of referee Kevin Friend and/or implying bias after a 1-1 draw with West Ham.


Liverpool, eighth in the league standings with 16 points from 11 games, host 18th-placed Leeds United on Saturday.

-AFP, Reuters



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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