Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool coach may receive touchline ban and 'annual salary' fine after confirmed news
John Achterberg and Daniel Hodges may receive touchline bans and fines worth their “annual salary” after the scenes when Liverpool beat Newcastle United 2-1 last month (31 August).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the pair were hit with FA charges.
The FA confirmed last week (6 September) that Liverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg and Newcastle’s head of performance Hodges have both been accused of using “abusive and/or insulting gestures”.
Footage emerged of a Newcastle staff member throwing an object at the Liverpool bench as the Reds scored their late winner.
“What is interesting is that any misconduct in the technical area is dealt with on the day,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“They’ve now identified the culprits and I’m expecting the potential of a touchline ban. If not, it will be a substantial fine. What we are seeing is fines in the region of £20,000, £30,000 and £40,000.
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“That might be a reasonable sum of Jurgen Klopp to pay or Antonio Conte or Thomas Tuchel to pay. If you are an employee of a club that might be your annual salary.
“I suspect they will try and sort it with fines rather than bans.
“This is a passionate game and somehow there’s got to be a balance.
“The FA disciplinary panel is made up of a former player, former manager and a former referee with an independent chairman. I think everyone is confident they will come to the right decision.
“There’s a reluctance to give touchline bans because you are impacting on someone’s employment. Take Tuchel and him losing his job, the way he behaved might have had an impact.
“They’ve got to have confidence in the FA disciplinary panel because they’ve all signed up for it. They’ve got to realise that even though there is passion, they’ve got to control it.”