Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association following comments made by the Liverpool boss after the away clash against Manchester City.
Rodgers was furious after several decisions were given against his side, including a poor offside call given against young Raheem Sterling, which would have seen the winger net the opening goal.
After the game Rodgers explained his fury and also mentioned the fact as to why Lee Mason had been appointed referee, considering he was a referee from ‘Greater Manchester’.
Rodgers said at the time: ‘I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he said of the officials at the time.
‘I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.
‘I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester.
‘I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.’
The FA have now charged Rodgers and put this statement on their website:
‘Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by The FA over post-match media comments he made following his side’s game against Manchester City on 26 December 2013.
‘It is alleged the comments by Rodgers called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game.
‘Rodgers has until 6pm on 8 January 2014 to respond to the charge.’
It is the first time Rodgers has been charged during his managerial career by the FA, which goes some way to explaining how disappointed he was at the standard of refereeing during the game.