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Liverpool boss Rodgers charged over referee criticism

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 04 January 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for his comments about referee Lee Mason following his side’s Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, BBC Sport has reported.

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers described the performance of the officials at the Etihad Stadium as ‘horrendous’, as Liverpool were denied a legitimate goal in the first half when Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside. Mason also decided not to award a penalty late on when Luis Suarez went down under a challenge by Man City defender Joleon Lescott.

The Northern Irishman also questioned the appointment of Mason, saying: "Hopefully we won't have a Greater Manchester referee with Liverpool-Manchester games in future."

After making those comments, Rodgers claimed he made a valid point, and used his lack of previous action against him from the FA as a reason why he should not be charged.

However, and FA statement on Friday read: "It is alleged the comments by Rodgers 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."

Rodgers has until 1800 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

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