‘The FA might want to write him a four-page letter’ – Klopp slammed by 77 y/o former ref for his behaviour

Jurgen Klopp has been blasted by 77-year-old former referee Keith Hackett for his antics on the Premier League sidelines.

The German is one of the most comical and animated figures on the pitch and it’s part of why he’s been so successful since his switch from the Bundesliga.

To be successful in the Premier League, you need the skills to be a manager as well as the personality to keep the media onside but Hackett believes Klopp and others need to be reeled back in.

He wrote in a column for the Mirror: “First of all, I’m very clear that managers should not be allowed to come onto the field of play at the end of the game. Stop them coming on.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates victory with Naby Keita of Liverpool following the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on March 15, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“It might be great that Klopp runs down the touchline but why do we have a technical area?

“Why do we have a procedure in place that says you stay in your technical area? Yet we don’t apply it. To some degree, fourth officials are weak and are ignoring it. Sometimes, it’s not what he says, it’s how he communicates.

“I think the FA might want to write him a four-page letter explaining his misdemeanours and that we want an improvement in his behaviour. A shot across the barrel.”

Without sounding ageist or prejudicing Hackett for being 77, the first thing I will say is that a lot of his complaints are quite trivial and the type of complaints you would expect of an older man out of touch with the real issues plaguing the world of football.

Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker (C) talks to referee Mike Dean (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 21, 2021. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Instead of wasting a column in the Mirror to complain about the likes of Klopp not respecting the technical area, he could have discussed the lack of quality Premier League referees.

That said, I must say that managers and players are ridiculous at times with the way they disrespect referees. FIFA and the FA should adopt a no-nonsense policy with disrespect the same way rugby officials do but that only works because, generally, rugby referees make far fewer mistakes and TMO (television match official) works almost flawlessly.

On the whole, rugby players have less to complain about while football players are often well within their rights to protest.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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