Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell thinks the FA’s decision not to punish Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was the correct one with inconsistent refereeing “making a mockery of the Premier League”.
The Reds, who reported four cases of coronavirus before their 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, were on course for three points in north London after goals from Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson helped them overturn Harry Kane’s early opener.
But Son Heung-min took advantage of Alisson Becker’s howler to earn Spurs a worthy point, but the game was packed with VAR drama.
Kane could easily have seen red for a first-half challenge on Robertson but his yellow card was not upgraded, unlike when the Scot hacked down Emerson Royal in the second half.
Liverpool felt they should have had a penalty in the first half when Jota was bundled over, while Spurs felt Dele Alli should have won a penalty and that Mohamed Salah handled in the build-up to the Reds’ second goal.
The FA chose not to punish Klopp for his angry reaction towards referee Paul Tierney at full-time following the controversial clash.
Klopp was picked up by TV cameras telling Tierney: “I have no problems with any referees. Only you.”
And former Arsenal striker Campbell thinks the reaction from the Liverpool boss was “fully justified” with Klopp “right to call the referee out on it”.
Campbell told Football Insider: “I tell you what, the FA are not going to fine him because they have probably seen the decisions! They must’ve been like, ‘We better not get involved.’
“His reaction was fully justified. If Robertson’s was a red then Harry Kane has to go as well. Let’s be brutally honest, the Kane one was an awful decision.
“Where is the consistency? It is making a mockery of the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp is right to call the referee out on it. He is right.
“The personal stuff with the referee is his business but Klopp is bang on when he says the Kane challenge has to be a red if the Robertson one is.
“If Kane is sent off, Liverpool win the game. The margins are so fine. You expect the referee to do his job but he didn’t.”
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