Ex-Fifa official: Jurgen Klopp could receive touchline ban after twist in Liverpool saga
Keith Hackett has backed the Football Association’s decision to appeal the punishment handed to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his behaviour against Man City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League official said the 55-year-old “should have received a one-game touchline ban.”
The FA released a statement on 27 October to confirm that Klopp had been given a £30,000 fine but no touchline ban as a result of his actions against Man City at Anfield.
The Liverpool boss was sent off after shouting in the face of the assistant referee in the second half of Liverpool’s 1-0 win over City on 16 October.
However, as reported by the Daily Mail (4 November), the FA have appealed the decision.
The ruling body wants Klopp to receive stronger punishment.
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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest twist, Hackett said: “It is likely to be a fairly long-winded process.
“The FA will ask for all of the documents and then they will have an independent panel review it. The FA do things that are a bit daft. They do not think things through.
“If you are going to have a disciplinary process, before a judge goes in, a judge needs a list of clear penalties that he or she can apply.
“When the manager gets a red card they are banned for one game under Uefa. That is all they have to do.
“There needs to be regulations in place before the season. You then advise the managers and the LMA what action will be taken.
“Klopp should have received a minimum of a one-game touchline ban. He should have to sit in the director’s box without any lijne of communication to the players.”