Rodgers faces possible FA charges after ref complaints
By Ian Whittell ,AFP
December 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
MANCHESTER, England -- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces FA action, and a possible disrepute charge, after complaining about referee Lee Mason in the wake of his team's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Mason, who did appear to make errors on a number of key decisions against Liverpool, is based in Bolton which is technically in the county of “Greater Manchester.”
Bolton is never considered to be part of the city of Manchester but that did not prevent Rodgers from implying that Mason is from “Manchester.”
“We had no help whatsoever from the officials,” said Rodgers.
“I thought they were horrendous. We had nothing go our way at all. I was surprised we're playing in Manchester with a referee from Greater Manchester. I didn't think we got any decision go for us.
“Hopefully we don't get a Greater Manchester referee again in a Liverpool-Man City game. I will ask the question (of the FA).
“I don't think we would get someone from the Wirral (which stands on the opposite side of the River Mersey from Liverpool) refereeing a Liverpool-Man City game.”
Rodgers was specifically angered by an incorrect offside flag that brought back Raheem Sterling when he was clean through on goal, by a trip on Luis Suarez on the edge of the area and by a failed Suarez penalty appeal.
“I thought on the offside, the linesman wasn't even on the same cut of grass,” said Rodgers. “If you are working at this level, you've got to get it right.