Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted a charge following comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed.
Rodgers claimed the performance of the officials in the Reds’ loss at Manchester City on December 26 was “horrendous” and also questioned why a Greater Manchester referee, in Bolton’s Mason, was appointed to the fixture.
Rodgers is now likely to be fined following a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend and will take place in due course.
Rodgers had been frustrated by a number of decisions during the Barclays Premier League game at the Etihad, which his side lost 2-1.
“I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” Rodgers said of the officials afterwards. “Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.”
That was viewed as an attack on Mason’s integrity and brought him to the FA’s attention.