Liverpool FC manager slams Bolton referee

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has left himself open to a Football Association charge after appearing to question the integrity of referee Bolton referee Lee Mason and his officials.

The Reds boss was furious with a number of decisions in their 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, most notably the one which saw Raheem Sterling flagged offside when he was at least two yards behind last defender Aleksandar Kolarov before racing through to beat Joe Hart.

Rodgers said the officials' performance was "horrendous" and then questioned whether it was right a referee from Bolton – which is 14 miles from Manchester - should have been in charge of the game.

"I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester," he said.

"I am sure we won't get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.

"I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance.

"Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

Rodgers did not restrict himself to criticising the appointment of referees from the locality, however. He was most unhappy with the job they did over the 90 minutes.

"The officials make mistakes, I just felt the mistakes made shouldn't have happened at this level. This is a big game," he added.

"It was a poor decision and of course Raheem goes through and scores.

"I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one - he wasn't even on the same cut of grass.

"If you're working at this level you have to get it right. It's not even a difficult one.

"It is a perfectly-timed run and he is given offside when he is through one-on-one on goal. These are big moments in big games.

"There is another incident when Luis (Suarez) doesn't get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott went right through him.

"It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can't jump because he (Lescott) is tugging at his shirt."

Rodgers felt his players deserved more from the game having taken the lead through Philippe Coutinho only for Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo to turn things around for City later in the first half.

"They were outstanding and really took the game to a top side full of top European players," he said.

"We are disappointed not to have won the game never mind losing the game.

"We showed great confidence and belief, scored a wonderful goal and could have had a few more but there are things to learn from the goals we conceded.

"We didn't get the points but we will recover well and get on to the next game (at Chelsea on Sunday).

"We have lost the game but we take a great deal of encouragement from it."

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10:36am Fri 27 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

Firstly Lee Mason is a Bolton Wanderers fan and not a Manchester fan!
Secondly from what I remember he lives inbetween Chorley and Blackburn and NOT Bolton!
Only bias I see is that Brendan is blaming the wrong official - blaming the referee rather than the linesman - who was at fault!
Firstly Lee Mason is a Bolton Wanderers fan and not a Manchester fan! Secondly from what I remember he lives inbetween Chorley and Blackburn and NOT Bolton! Only bias I see is that Brendan is blaming the wrong official - blaming the referee rather than the linesman - who was at fault! The Righteous One

12:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Even so, if Brendan knew anything about fan followings he would realize than many in Bolton cannot stand either team. So I would say the match was refereed quite impartially.
Even so, if Brendan knew anything about fan followings he would realize than many in Bolton cannot stand either team. So I would say the match was refereed quite impartially. Beyond News Forum

1:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Biting remarks,Not unusual for Liverpool.
Biting remarks,Not unusual for Liverpool. boltonnut

1:47pm Fri 27 Dec 13

johnnyjackson says...

Absolutely rubbish ref.... He should never be allowed to ref a game of this magnitude.
Absolutely rubbish ref.... He should never be allowed to ref a game of this magnitude. johnnyjackson

2:17pm Fri 27 Dec 13

M.I.B. says...

johnnyjackson wrote:
Absolutely rubbish ref.... He should never be allowed to ref a game of this magnitude.
It always amuses me, without fail, how LFC fans will proudly claim how well their team has played when they win but make the biggest excuses for them when they lose.
[quote][p][bold]johnnyjackson[/bold] wrote: Absolutely rubbish ref.... He should never be allowed to ref a game of this magnitude.[/p][/quote]It always amuses me, without fail, how LFC fans will proudly claim how well their team has played when they win but make the biggest excuses for them when they lose. M.I.B.

2:42pm Fri 27 Dec 13

colinsfayre says...

Roy of the Rovers said his teams were good enough to beat the other team ref and linesmen take note .Is rogers thick he should know a Bolton fan would hate city as much as Liverpool
Roy of the Rovers said his teams were good enough to beat the other team ref and linesmen take note .Is rogers thick he should know a Bolton fan would hate city as much as Liverpool colinsfayre

9:54pm Fri 27 Dec 13

waynagain says...

Funny how Rogers didn't see that Skirtl was holding Kompany very time City got a corner. If Liverpool should have had a penalty when Suarez did one of his dives, City should have had at learst 6 penalties for when Kompany was being fouled on corners.
Funny how Rogers didn't see that Skirtl was holding Kompany very time City got a corner. If Liverpool should have had a penalty when Suarez did one of his dives, City should have had at learst 6 penalties for when Kompany was being fouled on corners. waynagain

12:07pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Rememberscarborough says...

Rogers clearly knows nothing about Bolton. We have never wanted to be part of "greater" Manchester and most of us would rather a scouse side won a match than a manc one.

BTW - as manager of Swansea would he have felt he'd have had an advantage in a match if it was reffed by a Cardiff lad...
Rogers clearly knows nothing about Bolton. We have never wanted to be part of "greater" Manchester and most of us would rather a scouse side won a match than a manc one. BTW - as manager of Swansea would he have felt he'd have had an advantage in a match if it was reffed by a Cardiff lad... Rememberscarborough

5:15pm Sat 28 Dec 13

waynagain says...

The ref lives closer to Boston, USA than he does to Abu Dahbi, so surely that is unfair to City.
The ref lives closer to Boston, USA than he does to Abu Dahbi, so surely that is unfair to City. waynagain

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