The Football Association will not investigate Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager was accused of making xenophobic comments towards Manchester City owners.
Ahead of last Sunday’s Liverpool-City game, which the Reds won 1-0, Klopp bemoaned the spending power of the three Gulf-backed clubs – City, Newcastle and PSG.
“What are Liverpool doing? We cannot act like them. That’s not possible,” said the German.
“There are three clubs in world football that can do whatever they want financially. It’s legal and all, fine, but they can do whatever they want.’
The Times reported that some in the city camp found these comments borderline xenophobic and had sparked tensions between the two clubs, causing the game to heat up even more than usual.
Pep Guardiola was pelted with coins by home fans at Anfield while away fans made vile chants referring to the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies.
Klopp was also sent off towards the end of the game after yelling at the fourth official and has since been charged with “inappropriate conduct” by the FA.
However, he is not being investigated for his comments as BBC Sport reports the FA’s stance is backed by anti-discrimination groups.
They believe City’s claim would be very difficult to prove because there was no mention of race, ethnicity, nationality or culture.
Klopp has already responded to the allegations, saying: “I would hate myself to be like that [xenophobic].’
He has insisted his remarks related solely to the perceived financial disparity between Liverpool and others and how this is affecting the sport’s competitiveness.
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