Liverpool news: Ex-Premier League referee demands major FA change after Jurgen Klopp punishment update
The Football Association should copy Uefa and ensure touchline bans for managers are stricter after Jurgen Klopp’s one-match suspension at Liverpool.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Klopp watched Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday (12 November) from the stands.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, the 55-year-old watched the game from the stands next to a member of his technical team with a direct line to the bench.
He said after the game it was “not his spot” but he liked it for one game.
“What a waste of time the procedure laid down for a touchline ban by the FA is,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“First of all, I want to praise the FA for appealing the process.
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“So he gets a one-match ban but in reality, this guy is still allowed to do his job. It’s not a ban, is it? If you’re a player, you can’t play if you get a ban.
“What is he doing? He’s sat next to the technical guy and is in contact with the technical area. He’s managing the game and probably has a better view than being stood at the side of the pitch.
“One of the things I learned from Sam Allardyce when he was at Bolton Wanderers he used to spend a good part of the first half sat in the director’s box with a couple of screens in front of him, one with a seven-second delay.
“Maybe this is the future for Mr Klopp in the first half?
“For me, I think the FA should come into line with Uefa and operate the same process. The manager can come to the ground on the team bus, fine. But on the point of entry to the ground he goes up to the director’s box, nowhere near technical staff.
“He should be sat in the director’s box alongside the Premier League match delegate and he’s not allowed to communicate with his team and technical staff.
“I’m not just saying that because it’s Jurgen Klopp and I’m not having a dig at him. I’m having a dig at the FA and the ban because it doesn’t mean anything.”