Ex-Fifa official: Uefa have 'problem' with Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp warned and fine issued
Uefa will have a “problem” with Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp if they continue to delay the kick-off of Champions League games, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Liverpool were slapped with a fine for disrupting their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Benfica last month (5 April).
The Mirror reported last week (28 April) that they have been hit with a €10,000 (£8,400) fine and Klopp has been warned after the start was delayed.
Hackett insisted they have no excuses and must learn from the incident.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There has to be an understanding of how Uefa appoint.
“Uefa issue both clubs and match officials a countdown clock. It’s a very formalised structure. It even goes to when clubs are going to leave hotels, what time they are going to arrive at the ground, and where they are allowed to train. There is this absolutely detailed process.
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“It ensures that the players are on the field at the appropriate time and the kick-off is absolutely on the button.
“The reason for this is that the game is broadcast around the world.
“In many countries, they don’t have the panel that chatters for an hour before kick-off. They have whatever they have on and then go straight into the game.
“This is why kicking off prematurely is a problem and kicking off late is a problem.
“So, Liverpool and other clubs that will play in Europe are fully aware of the need to stick to the time and if they don’t, there will be consequences.”