Rodgers accepts FA charge over Mason comments

The Reds boss will now be fined for questioning the wisdom of appointing the Bolton-born official as referee for a match in Manchester
Brendan Rodgers has accepted a Football Association charge over comments he made about referee Lee Mason following Liverpool's defeat to Manchester City.

Rodgers was disappointed by an offside call which incorrectly ruled out a clear chance for Raheem Sterling in the first half, as well as a failed Luis Suarez penalty appeal in the closing stages.

After the match, the Northern Irishman labelled the officials' performance "horrendous" and suggested that Bolton-born Mason was an inappropriate choice of referee for a game in Manchester.

Rodgers told reporters: "I was very proud of the players, I thought they were absolutely outstanding, but they had no help whatsoever from the officials.

"I never go on about officials, but today I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance. Nothing went our way at all.

"I thought the linesman on the [Sterling] offside, he wasn't even on the same cut of grass and if you're working on this level you have to get it right.

"It's not even a difficult one and these are the things we work on and talk about. We're asking the lad to get across and break their line, it's a perfectly timed run and he's given offside when he's through one-on-one.

"They're big moments in big games. There's another incident in the second half where Luis doesn't get a free-kick on the edge of the box where Joleon Lescott comes right through him and was waved play on.

"Arguably it's a penalty at the end because Luis Suarez can't jump where he's got a hold of his shirt. But I thought it was throughout the evening as well. Hopefully we don't have a Great Manchester official again with a Liverpool-Manchester game.

"I was surprised that we're playing in Manchester and they have a referee from Greater Manchester. I'm sure we won't get someone Liverpool v Man City from the Wirral."

Rodgers will now receive a fine, with the precise amount to be determined at an FA hearing which he will not attend.