Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager should receive touchline ban, says Chris Sutton

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the match officials at the end of Sunday's win over Tottenham
Jurgen Klopp was furious at the awarding of a free-kick which led to Spurs’ equaliser and ran to celebrate Liverpool’s winner in front of the fourth official

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should be handed a touchline ban for his behaviour during Sunday’s match against Tottenham, says Chris Sutton.

“For the way he acted on the touchline, he should be banned from the technical area,” Sutton said.

“I don’t think a fine is enough. He’s got previous.”

The Liverpool boss, who injured himself in running towards fourth official John Brooks, later said the way referee Paul Tierney spoke to him when he received his booking was “not OK”.

But Referees’ body the PGMOL said it “strongly refutes” Klopp’s suggestions that Tierney’s actions were “improper”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Sutton added: “It’s a big deal. There will have been coaches and kids watching and thinking it’s OK to run towards and abuse officials.

“As far as I’m concerned, Klopp should be banned. He knows what he did was wrong.”

Martin Cassidy, chief executive of Ref Support UK, echoed Sutton’s call for Klopp to receive a touchline ban.

The charity has also called on the Football Association to consider more severe punishments to deter such behaviour in future – including points deductions.

“We believe the ban should be at least three games,” Cassidy told BBC Sport.

“We also believe the FA should look at bringing in points deductions at all levels for those who regularly abuse match officials.”

Klopp was given a one-match ban after he was sent off against Manchester City in October for berating the referee’s assistant.

The German also received a £30,000 fine, in addition to being warned about his future conduct.

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