Rodgers roasts ref­eree af­ter ‘noth­ing’ goes Liver­pool’s way at City

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LIVER­POOL man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers could face charges from the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter launch­ing a blis­ter­ing at­tack on match of­fi­cials fol­low­ing his side’s 2-1 de­feat by Manch­ester City.

Rodgers la­belled the per­for­mance of Lee Ma­son and his as­sis­tant ref­er­ees, John Brooks and Derek Ea­ton, as “hor­ren­dous” and the FA will take a par­tic­u­larly dim view of the sug­ges­tions of bias af­ter the Liver­pool boss ex­pressed his sur­prise that a ref­eree from Greater Manch­ester was se­lected to of­fi­ci­ate this fix­ture at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Rodgers, was par­tic­u­larly in­fu­ri­ated by an off-side call against Ra­heem Ster­ling when the winger was played through on goal, while he also felt that Liver­pool should have had a penalty when striker Luis Suarez was pulled to the ground at a set­piece to­wards the end of the game.

The Liver­pool man­ager said: “I was very proud of the play­ers. I thought they were ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.

“They had no help what­so­ever from the of­fi­cials. I never go on about of­fi­cials but I thought to­day they were hor­ren­dous, in terms of per­for­mance. We had noth­ing that went our way at all.”

When pressed on the of­fi­cials’ per­for­mance, Rodgers con­tin­ued: “Where do you want me to start? I thought that we never got any of the de­ci­sions.

“I thought that the lines­man on the off-side one – they weren’t even on the same cut of grass, and if you’re work­ing at this level, you have to get that right. It’s not even a dif­fi­cult one, that.

“Th­ese are the things we work on and talk about – we are ask­ing a young player to try and break their line. It was a per­fectly-timed run and he’s given off-side when he’s through one-on-one on goal.

“There was another in­ci­dent in the sec­ond half when Luis Suarez didn’t get a free­kick on the edge of the penalty box when Joleon Lescott comes right through him. That was waved play on.

“It is ar­guable that there was a penalty at the end – Luis Suarez can’t jump be­cause he’s tug­ging at his shirt.

“I thought it was through­out the evening as well, so hope­fully we don’t have a Greater Manch­ester ref­eree again for the (re­verse fix­ture at An­field in April).

“I’m sure we won’t get some­body from the Wir­ral (an area near Liver­pool). I don’t think we would get that.”

Rodgers was re­fer­ring to ref­eree Lee Ma­son com­ing from Bolton in Greater Manch­ester and he ad­mits that he was taken aback to see the of­fi­cial asked to of­fi­ci­ate a match be­tween a Liver­pool and Manch­ester side.

“I was sur­prised that we are play­ing in Manch­ester and we have a ref­eree from Greater Manch­ester. I was sur­prised by that when I seen it, to be hon­est,” Rodgers ex­plained.

In ref­er­ee­ing cir­cles, there is lit­tle that angers the au­thor­i­ties more than the ques­tion­ing of an of­fi­cials’ in­tegrity and Rodgers can now ex­pect a call from the FA in the com­ing days. – Daily Mail

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