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Liverpool FC: Dalglish on collision course with FA over referees

by Richard Buxton. Published Sat 10 Sep 2011 16:48, last updated: 11/09/11

Kenny Dalglish is on collision course with the FA over referees' treatment of Liverpool.

The Reds saw two appeals for spot kicks denied by referee Mark Clattenberg after both Rory Delap and Matthew Upson appeared to handle in their own penalty area.

Dalglish was clearly aggrieved after Liverpool were denied a penalty in the dying minutes of their first defeat of the season against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

But the Kop boss insists that he will speak with club owners John Henry and Tom Werner before he takes his complaint to English football's governing body over a perceived bias against the club.

He said: "We can only do what we can do ourselves.

"Something other things are taken outside your jurisdiction, and if we conitnue to play like that with the same attitude and commitment then we'll be okay this season.

"But if we continually get battered by things that are outside of our control, then we're not going to have much chance.

"The first four league games have all had a contentious decision, and every one of them has gone against us.

"I think we have been respectful to the referees. But more importantly than being respectful to the referees in their campaign is having respect for Liverpool Football Club.

"And if I feel they are suffering in any way, shape or form, then I think I'll just need to go the same route as some other people go and see if we can gain some benefit from that.

"I'll speak to the owners first and see what they say, because the last thing I want to do is my behaviour to impinge on the club's success in any way, shape or form."

Despite his gripe with Clattenburg over the dubious decisions, Dalglish insists that he bears no ill feeling towards Tony Pulis' side for their hard-fought victory.

"We don't have any complaint, for want of a better word, about Stoke City," he added.

"They played well, got the goal, defended courageously at times and maybe occasionally they got a bit of luck but we don't have anything but appreciation for the way that they played, they way they held onto the game and the way they went on and won the game.

"So there's nothing for me to say anything other than complimentary towards Tony and Stoke."

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"its a pity referees are destroting such a beautiful game." vioul, Mauritius around 3 years, 10 months ago

"All managers moan about refs decisions. If the decisions had gone the other way KK would have been smiling. Stoke have had there fair share" Justin time, Alabama around 3 years, 10 months ago

"The point that KK makes is valid. Teams that win silverware are always blessed with favorable decisions. See Barca vs Che;sea in the CL semi" mark, lincolnshire around 3 years, 10 months ago

"KK may be diplomatic about Stoke, not me just truthful - they are an embarassment to skilful football,worse than the old Wimbledon by far." jrd, ripon uk around 3 years, 10 months ago

"KK is right in KK we trust Liverpool 4 ever " atdheu, kosova around 3 years, 10 months ago

"suck it up and go on to the next game, kenny will have to do a better job on how to use his man, in my opinion its been bad coaching." artigas, Uruguay around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Good on kk for speakin out just imagine how strawberry nose would carry on if it was dat lot dat got CHEATED" Jason hill , L1 around 3 years, 10 months ago

"these refferes are crazy, they are very stupid of what they did" schegxy, england around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Reading some comments here such as no use claiming an excuse is stupid.Refs have too much autonomy on the field and inconsistent.KK is right" rajiv, USA around 3 years, 10 months ago

"No need going about claiming penalties. Our team should score and defend effectively" CLAYTON MUSHANDU, DOROWA, ZIMBABWE around 3 years, 10 months ago

"It’s funny how we forget the fortuitous decisions that have gone our way, we should have had at least one but hey that is footie." John , Southampton around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Too much simulation for PKs in the EPL. Its time refs crack down on simulation and embellishing. " Don , Amarillo around 3 years, 10 months ago

"is Clattenberg now off the Liverpool xmas card list? how ironic!! Liverpool have had over many years more than their fare share of decisions" Andy, Liverpool around 3 years, 10 months ago

"tell a one top team who's manager never had problem with ref. all ref know if it is against Man U Alex will not let it go easily.." Fahim, dxb around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Kenny is a classy one. He doesn't give any excuses for losing a match, and he praises the opponents as well. That is exemplary attitude." rio197, France around 3 years, 10 months ago

"In general I think the referring in UK is bad. FA needs to improve the quality of the referees. Bad decision have caused teams to loose" Ice man, Selangor around 3 years, 10 months ago

"He is the king!!!" uih, iuhiuh around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Dont Give any excuse after u lose...." akash, temerloh around 3 years, 10 months ago

"all referees on england cheat for man utd . Howard webb is best example. They cheat against L'pool. If kd doesnt speak up it will never end" george, london around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Kenny is being very diplomatic because the ref made every call of the match against Liverpool. Walters dived for their penalty kick. YNWA" magnumopus, Valkenburg around 3 years, 10 months ago

"GO GET EM KENNY" rajiv, USA, LA GALAXY around 3 years, 10 months ago

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