Fans unhappy with FA Cup final referee upset Jurgen Klopp

Craig Pawson has been appointed referee in the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea on Saturday, and the news was not well received by everyone.

Saturday could be the day Liverpool take their latest big step in their pursuit of what could still be an amazing quadruple trophy at the end of the season.

Chelsea, who are once again intercepting Chelsea at Wembley, have held the lead within a few millimeters after a very entertaining 0-0 draw in the Carabao Cup final in February.

On Saturday, it’s up to Pawson to make the decision with the help of Paul Tierney at Stockley Park’s booth, with Mikel Arteta not dissatisfied with him, and the referee appointment didn’t make the fans happy at all.

Despite the fact that it is primarily Liverpool fans who appear to have problems with Pawson becoming manager on Saturday, the Reds don’t have a particularly bad record with a 43-year-old referee.

Pawson has served as a Premier League referee since 2013 and has served Anfield 31 times, losing only six so far.

However, they lost to West Ham United earlier this season, a decision-making man from Sheffield, a match that made Jurgen Klopp unhappy.

There was a lot of controversy in the game. The Reds felt that Alisson had committed a foul on the way to the opening goal and felt that both teams could be sent off.

Alisson argues with Pawson during a loss to West Ham. Image: PA Image

After the match, Klopp was not satisfied with some decisions. “I think it’s an obvious foul on Alisson. Here’s Ogbona’s arm. The referee easily said to himself, ‘That’s what VAR is talking about’.

“They said it wasn’t clear and it wasn’t obvious. I don’t know why. It’s really weird. It’s not the person marking it, it’s blocking the goalkeeper.

“People will say I’m looking for excuses, but I’m not. I admit that we’re not too good to lose the football game. Today we lost. It’s not good, but we accept it.

“But you need the referee’s normal decision when we talk about the situation in the game. He didn’t.

“It was an obvious red card when I saw it (Cresswell tackle against Henderson). It was impossible to discuss. You can’t join the challenge this way.

“But we couldn’t make this decision clearly and we didn’t know what the referee would say now, but in the match he seemed convinced that his decision was right. It’s all about the referee.”

Pawson will definitely be in the spotlight at Wembley on Saturday. Will he have to make big decisions for him and the others involved?


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