Liverpool has incurred a fine from the Football Association (FA) due to disciplinary issues during their 2-1 Premier League loss to Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.
The FA imposed the fine on Liverpool for their lack of discipline in the match against Tottenham Hotspur. The team concluded the game with only nine players on the field, with both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota receiving red cards. The 96th-minute own goal by Joel Matip sealed Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat. However, the major controversy revolved around a disallowed goal by Luis Diaz, deemed offside due to a “significant human error” between the officials and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) team.
In accordance with FA regulations, any club accumulating six or more cautions or dismissals in a game faces a fine. Liverpool, having received eight cards during the match in question, has been fined £25,000. This financial penalty is automatic, and there is no need for further clarification or statement from the FA. Tottenham, with only five bookings, will not face any fine.
The aftermath of the match raises the possibility of Liverpool players facing charges for their social media comments. Mac Allister, among others, commented on a post from Tottenham’s Christian Romero, saying ‘Normal when you have 12 players.’ These remarks could potentially violate FA Rule E3.1, which aims to balance freedom of speech with safeguarding the integrity and reputation of the game.
FA guidelines permit post-match comments that solely criticize a match official’s performance or competence. However, if comments suggest bias, attack integrity, are personally offensive, prolonged, or particularly unreasonable, they may lead to charges, formal warnings, reminders of responsibilities, or no further action, depending on the seriousness of the incident or the participant’s track record.
As of now, there has been no decision on whether action will be taken against Mac Allister or any other Liverpool players who expressed their frustration with the officials on social media after the game.