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