By Noel Whelan
Noel Whelan has hit out at the “double standards” which has seen Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp escape a ban for his outburst during the win over Man City on 16 October.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was “no difference” to the incident which saw Whites boss Jesse Marsch get a one-match touchline ban for improper conduct last month.
The FA confirmed via Twitter on Thursday (27 October) that Klopp had escaped a suspension for his outburst against Man City – instead slapping the German with a £30,000 fine.
The Reds boss will now be free to take to the touchline against Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday (29 October).
Klopp was sent to the stands after confronting linesman Gary Beswick, who denied Mohamed Salah a free-kick in the closing stages of the 1-0 win.
Marsch was banned for his “improper behaviour and language” after protesting the decision not to award Crysensio Summerville a penalty during the 5-2 loss against Brentford on 3 September.
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Whelan suggested “double standards” are everywhere in the Premier League.
When asked if he thought the Klopp decision was fair, he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Not really, no.
“It’s double standards, isn’t it?
“I wouldn’t say one incident was worse than the other. It’s the same offence, and I’m really surprised to see him get away with a fine and without a touchline ban.
“Jesse Marsch was given a ban. There’s no difference in what happened.
“They should be given the same punishment. But you see this kind of double standards all over the Premier League when it comes to the bigger sides.”
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By Noel Whelan