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Rodgers facing fine after FA charge

• Liverpool manager criticised officials at Manchester City
• Questioned appointment of Greater Manchester referee

Liverpool's manager, Brendan Rodgers, has accepted a charge relating to his comments about the referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed.

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 Mason, was appointed to the fixture. Rodgers is likely to be fined after a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend.

Rodgers had been frustrated by a number of decisions during Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League defeat. Most notably Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside when through on goal and Luis Suárez was denied a late penalty.

"I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance," Rodgers said of the officials. "Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

That was viewed as an attack on the integrity of Mason and brought Rodgers to the attention of the FA. Liverpool's manager said that was not his intention and he was trying to make a valid point about where Mason is from.

"In terms of geography, I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees," he said. "It was more the logic of it 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."

Liverpool are still waiting to learn the full extent of the defender Daniel Agger's calf injury.


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Rodgers facing fine after FA charge

• Liverpool manager criticised officials at Manchester City
• Questioned appointment of Greater Manchester referee

Liverpool's manager, Brendan Rodgers, has accepted a charge relating to his comments about the referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed.

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 Mason, was appointed to the fixture. Rodgers is likely to be fined after a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend.

Rodgers had been frustrated by a number of decisions during Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League defeat. Most notably Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside when through on goal and Luis Suárez was denied a late penalty.

"I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance," Rodgers said of the officials. "Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

That was viewed as an attack on the integrity of Mason and brought Rodgers to the attention of the FA. Liverpool's manager said that was not his intention and he was trying to make a valid point about where Mason is from.

"In terms of geography, I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees," he said. "It was more the logic of it 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."

Liverpool are still waiting to learn the full extent of the defender Daniel Agger's calf injury.


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