Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 over comments made about the referee in the wake of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at West Ham earlier this month.
The Reds boss suggested Friend favoured the home side in the second half of the draw, which came as a setback to his side’s title challenge.
Liverpool went ahead through a Sadio Mane goal, but the officials failed to spot James Milner in a clear offside position in the build-up, something which Klopp suggested influenced Friend’s decision making in the rest of the game.
“There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40… [he gave a] free-kick for the other team,” the German told Sky Sports after full-time.
The FA released a statement on Thursday announcing the sanction.
It read: “Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after accepting an FA charge for comments made following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on 4 February 2019.
“His comments made during a post-match interview breached FA Rule E3(1), as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”