Jurgen Klopp says he has accepted his FA misconduct charge for running on the pitch against Everton, admitting it was a mistake. The German raced into the centre circle to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson Becker when Divock Origi scored a winner in the sixth minute of added time against Everton at Anfield on Sunday.
He immediately apologised to Toffees boss Marco Silva afterwards and the Portuguese has since spoken out publically, claiming the governing body should not have punished Klopp for his behaviour.
However, Klopp, whom it is understood has been fined £8,000, says he has no issue with the FA’s decision to charge him and will not be appealing. “Absolutely OK, to be honest. I couldn’t avoid it obviously, but that’s what the rules are for, and if you break rules you have to be fined for it,” he said. “That’s what happened, no problem with that, it’s completely normal. “The last time I did it was around 14 years ago. I’m not that quick any more. It will be fine.”
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Asked whether he would do it again, considering the circumstances and emotion of a Merseyside derby, he added: “Not in the next 14 years! “I didn’t want to do it and I can say it won’t happen again. It was not on my radar that it was still possible. “We make mistakes, but usually I learn from it. At least over a long period. “It’s not a massive mistake. If there was no rule against it we, as managers, would constantly celebrate on the pitch and you would say ‘that’s nice’ (and) the whole bench would run there. “I don’t think anybody thought it’s massively wrong or whatever, not even the ref, they were probably surprised themselves. “There’s nothing to say actually. It’s a fine, I pay it. Let’s carry on.”