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Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers fined £8,000 for referee comments

• FA also warns Rodgers about his future conduct
• Liverpool boss criticised officials after loss at Man City

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association for his post-match comments after the 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City.

Rodgers claimed the performance of the officials in his team's defeat at Manchester City on 26 December was "horrendous" and questioned why a Greater Manchester referee, in Bolton's Lee Mason, was appointed to the fixture.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted an FA misconduct charge," read an FA statement.

"Rodgers was charged for a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his post-match comments following Liverpool's game at Manchester City on 26 December 2013 constituted improper conduct in that they called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game."


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