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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted a charge following comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed.

Rodgers claimed the performance of the officials in the Reds' loss at Manchester City on December 26 was "horrendous" and also questioned why a Greater Manchester referee, in Bolton's Mason, was appointed to the fixture.

Rodgers is now likely to be fined following a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend and will take place in due course.

Rodgers had been frustrated by a number of decisions during the Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, which his side lost 2-1.

Most notably Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside when through on goal while Luis Suarez was denied a late penalty.

"I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance," Rodgers said of the officials after the game.

"Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

That was viewed as an attack on the integrity of Mason and brought him to the attention of the FA.

Rodgers later said that was not his intention and he was trying to make a valid point about where Mason is from.

"In terms of geography, I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees," he said.

"It was more the logic of it in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester."


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