Klopp: I expected longer ban


Jurgen Klopp says he expected more than a one-game touchline ban for comments about referee Paul Tierney and has questioned “where the money goes” after also being fined £75,000.

The German manager was handed the ban for Saturday’s game with Aston Villa after saying Tierney “has something against us” in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Tottenham last month.

Klopp also received a further one-game touchline ban suspended until the end of next season on the condition that he does not reoffend.

Responding to his latest suspension, Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Aston Villa game: “I expected a punishment with all the things we know and could hear.


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“I would like to know, as always, where the (fine) money goes. If it’s for a good cause then I’m more than happy to pay it; if not, (and) the FA keeps it then we have to talk again and I think it’s a bit harsh.


“But apart from that, people around me were pretty negative. They thought it would be longer.”