Klopp charged for derby celebrations

By Ryan Benson 3 December 2018 276
Klopp charged for derby celebrations

Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct after running on to the pitch while celebrating Liverpool's late winner in Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton, the Football Association has confirmed.

Liverpool claimed a 1-0 win over their local rivals at Anfield thanks to a late Divock Origi goal, which moved them back to within two points of pacesetters Manchester City.

He has been given until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Origi nodded in from close range after Jordan Pickford made a mess of a sliced Virgil van Dijk volley, and Klopp reacted by darting onto the pitch in celebration.

The German ran straight to goalkeeper Alisson and the pair embraced in the middle of the pitch, before Klopp jogged back to the touchline emphatically punching the air.

Klopp said sorry for his actions in his post-match news conference, though Everton boss Marco Silva insisted he never received a face-to-face apology.

The FA also confirmed Daniel Sturridge has been granted an extension to respond to his charge relating to alleged breaches of betting rules, with the new deadline being February 11, 2019.

Sturridge was originally given until November 20 to respond to claims that he broke FA rules E8(1)(a)(ii) and E8(1)(b).

The first states that "a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters".

The second rule is concerned with "where a participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the participant shall be in breach of this rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting".

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