Liverpool’s BRENDAN RODGERS tries to explain his “Referee Comments” after his side lost to MANCHESTER CITY as an FA charge looms.
Saturday, December 28, 2013 – Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers could face an improper conduct charge from the FA over the comments he made on Boxing Day questioning the appointment of Lee Mason who stays in the greater Manchester to officiate the City v Liverpool premier League match.
The Reds felt hard done by the officials as they went down 2-1 at the Etihad stadium but Rodgers is unfazed by any action the FA might take against him.
Rodgers said: “I was only speaking open and honestly, after the game. I think the FA and the referees’ association know that I’m someone that engages in supporting the referees.
“I’m not one that is berating referees after games, I’m always respectful and I ask my staff to be respectful, on the pitch we’re never chasing fourth officials or anything on a match day. I’ve had a number of referees in here to help and support what they do.
“I think they know that when I come out and make a statement like I did yesterday, it was obviously emotional after the game of course, but it was something that I will speak honestly on. As I said, whatever action they will take, they will decide.
“I have to speak on behalf of the supporters of the club, a club that has an emotional investment for many many of millions of people throughout the world. As the manager I represent them, and I’m sure where they were throughout the world yesterday they would have been asking the questions on the decision-making, which I repeat I didn’t think was so good, after the game.
“In terms of geography, it wasn’t the case at all, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of the referees. As I said before, I fully understand the job, it was more the logic of it, in terms of having a referee from that particular 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.”
Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday to play Chelsea in another mouth watering clash.