Jurgen Klopp has been handed a one-match ban after the Football Association successfully appealed against a decision to fine the Liverpool manager just for clashing with a match official.
Klopp was initially fined £30,000 by the Independent Regulatory Commission for his behavior towards referee Anthony Taylor during the game against Manchester City on October 16.
The FA felt this was too lenient and an independent appeals committee has now suspended the German from the touchline with immediate effect.
Liverpool will play Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, but Klopp will not be on the touchline now.
An FA statement read: “The Independent Appeals Board has upheld the FA’s appeal against the sanctions of the Independent Regulatory Commission in relation to the recent case involving Jurgen Klopp.
“As a result, the manager of Liverpool FC has been suspended from the touchline for one match with immediate effect, fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct.
“Jurgen Klopp previously admitted breaching FA Rule E3 during their Premier League game against Manchester City FC on Sunday 16 October and was fined £30,000.”
In September, the FA launched a new ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign aimed at combating abuse of all kinds at all levels of the game.
It is understood that the FA considers managers at elite level to set an example for the grassroots game in terms of acceptable behaviour.
Asked the day after the fine if he thought it was a fair punishment, Klopp said: “Should I have been banned? I do not know.
“I’ve never been in a situation, I’ve never had a red card, I’ve never had a yellow card as far as I know.
“I’m the wrong person to ask. I have no idea what the usual things are. I had a ban a few years ago in the Champions League with (Borussia) Dortmund, a very similar situation, but obviously the Champions League is a bit different.”
‘Klopp’s antics against City are not right’
Klopp and City boss Pep Guardiola’s angry antics at an Anfield game last month drew criticism from Ref Support UK, a leading charity offering support to referees in grassroots football where abuse is common.
“When you see world-renowned figures like Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola behaving like that, it’s then replicated by people in youth football and perpetuates the idea that it’s okay to do it,” said Ref Support UK chief executive Martin Cassidy.
Meanwhile, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believed Klopp’s reaction to the win was “wrong”.
I’m talking to Sky Sports News last month he said: “You see his reaction, he’s very angry about it and he’s reacting out of line.
“The fourth official calls the referee and he gets a red card for behavior on the touchline.
“It’s a direct result of that foul not being called, he’s berating the official because he thinks the foul should have been called.”