The former chief of referees told the FA to be stronger when it comes to dealing with managers who face referees, especially when it comes to repeat offenders.
Former chief referees Keith Hackett has called on the Premier League to send Jurgen Klopp a stern warning about his conduct at the sidelines.
Managers facing officials at half-time or after a game are commonplace in 2021 and Hackett has referenced the Liverpool boss as a serial offender.
Hackett spent nearly three decades as a top referee, before hanging up his whistle to become the man in charge of all officials.
And he’s adamant that an example must be made of high-level bosses who keep leaving the technical realm in order to challenge decisions made in the game.
âFirst of all, I am very clear that managers should not be allowed to enter the pitch at the end of the game. Stop them from coming, âHackett said Football initiate.
âAllow them to knock on the referee’s door 30 minutes after the game to ask for clarification. If they are not satisfied with the referee’s explanation, they can speak to the match delegate and explain their frustration and put it in a written report. They just have to write.
âThe shareholders of the Premier League are the clubs. If they have a problem there is a way for them to write to the Premier League and say ‘Look, we have a problem with this particular area’.
Klopp has already been penalized for his conduct. In 2018 he was fined Â£ 8,000 and warned about his future conduct when he ran onto the pitch to celebrate an injury-time winner against rivals Everton.
Just three months later he was fined again, this time for his post-match comments on referee Kevin Friend which cost him Â£ 45,000.
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Hackett added: âMaybe it would be great for Klopp to come down the sideline, but why do we have a technical area?
âWhy do we have a procedure in place that says you stay in your technical area? Yet we do not apply it.
âTo some extent, the fourth officials are weak and ignore it. Sometimes that’s not what he says, it’s how he communicates.
âI think the FA might want to write him a four-page letter explaining his crimes and that we want his behavior improved. A shot through the barrel.
Chelsea were the latest high profile team to be charged with facing a referee as the Blues “failed to control their players” following Reece James’ red card in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.