Liverpool midfielder Alexis Max Allister could be facing disciplinary action from the FA, after claiming Tottenham Hotspur had 12 players in their recent win over the Reds, implying the match officials gave the North London club a helping hand.
A huge win for Spurs at the weekend against one of their main rivals for a top-four finish has been tarnished by a number of controversial refereeing decisions.
Liverpool were reduced to ten men midway through the first half when Curtis Jones was adjudged to have committed a dangerous foul on Yves Bissouma.
Jurgen Klopp’s men almost took the lead soon after, however, but Luis Diaz’s goal was chalked off for offside. It has since been admitted that a serious error was made in ruling out this goal (Sky Sports).
With the scores level going into the final 20 minutes, Liverpool lost another player, with Diogo Jota picking up two fairly contentious yellow cards in quick succession. Tottenham eventually won the game in the closing moments through a Joel Matip own goal.
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Mac Allister could be in trouble with the FA
Naturally, Liverpool players and fans are aggrieved by the circumstances surrounding the defeat. Alexis Mac Allister vented those frustrations on Instagram, by commenting on a celebratory post by Cristian Romero that Spurs had ’12 players’.
According to the latest from Sky Sports‘ Paper Talk, that comment could land Mac Allister in hot water.
Picking up on a report from The Sun, Sky Sports suggest Mac Allister could be punished by the FA “for suggesting referee Simon Hooper was against Liverpool in their defeat to Tottenham.”
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People make mistakes, and referees are only human, as are the folks in VAR. Some of the errors on Saturday were pretty egregious, and there is likely to be action taken to try and prevent this from happening again. But the fact of the matter is, professionals simply cannot criticise officials in the way Mac Allister has.