The Football Association has confirmed that Liverpool FC manager has accepted a charge following post match comments about referee Lee Mason when his side lost against Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Brendan Rodgers said that the performance of the officials in his side’s loss at the Etihad Stadium on December 26 was “horrendous” and also questioned why a Greater Manchester referee, in Bolton’s Mason, was appointed to the fixture.

According to, Rodgers is now likely to be fined after a hearing, which he has chosen not to attend.

Rodgers later insisted that he was trying only to make a valid point and had no intention to question the integrity and ability of Lee Mason.”I was talking in terms of geography and I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees,” Rodgers said. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years,” added the 40 year old manager.

According to, the Northern Irishman was charged by the FA of being in breach of FA Rule E3 which in previous cases carries a financial penalty and warning of future conduct rather than a touchline ban.