Liverpool fined £25K by FA for 'ill-discipline' in Tottenham defeat

Liverpool fined £25,000 by FA for ‘ill-discipline’ in controversial Tottenham defeat after Reds were shown more than six cards

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Liverpool have been fined £25,000 by the FA for ‘ill-discipline’ following their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend. 

The Reds finished the game with nine men after Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were sent off – but it was Luis Diaz’s controversial disallowed goal that proved to be the real talking point. 

The Liverpool attacker was incorrectly deemed offside after a ‘significant human error’ was admitted by the PGMOL on Saturday. 

Liverpool responded with a statement on Sunday night by saying the PGMOL’s failures resulted in ‘sporting integrity being undermined’, which Gary Neville described as ‘vague and aggressive’.

Now it is understood that Liverpool will be fined as a result of receiving eight cards in the game, according to the Liverpool Echo. 

Diogo Jota of Liverpool is shown a red card by Referee Simon Hooper during the club’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Saturday

Liverpool are now set to be fined £25,000 by the FA for their ‘ill-discipline’ during the match

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Under FA regulations, any club that receives six or more cautions or dismissals, which includes the dug out area, will be fined.

As well as Jones and Jota receiving red cards – Alexis Mac Allister, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk all received yellows alongside assistant manager Peter Krawietz.

As the financial penalty is automatic, there is no charge to answer and there will reportedly be no statement from the FA.

As Tottenham only received five bookings in total, they will not receive a fine.  

It still remains to be seen whether Mac Allister will be fined for his comments on Christian Romero’s post where he wrote that Tottenham played with ’12 players’ including the referee.  

On Sunday Liverpool took the unprecedented step of releasing a statement about a decision in a match and accused the PGMOL of undermining sporting integrity.

The club said: ‘Liverpool Football Club acknowledges PGMOL’s admission of their failures last night. It is clear that the correct application of the laws of the game did not occur, resulting in sporting integrity being undermined. 

‘We fully accept the pressures that match officials work under but these pressures are supposed to be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of VAR.

Curtis Jones leaves the pitch after receiving a red card in the first half of the match

Under FA regulations, any club that receives six or more cautions or dismissals will be fined

‘It is therefore unsatisfactory that sufficient time was not afforded to allow the correct decision to be made and that there was no subsequent intervention.

‘That such failings have already been categorised as ‘significant human error’ is also unacceptable. Any and all outcomes should be established only by the review and with full transparency.’

Following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Saturday, PGMOL admitted that Luis Diaz’s strike in the first half was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

The refereeing body said in a statement: ‘PGMOL acknowledge a significant human error occurred during the first half of Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool,’ the statement began.

‘The goal but Luis Diaz was disallowed for offside by the on-field team of match officials. This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention, however, the VAR failed to intervene.

‘PGMOL will conduct a full review into the circumstances which led to the error.

‘PGMOL will immediately be contacting Liverpool at the conclusion of the fixture to acknowledge the error.’


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