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Danny Murphy backs radical manager sending off idea after Jurgen Klopp red

Danny Murphy backs radical idea that teams must sacrifice a player every time their manager is sent off, saying it would ‘nip dissent in the bud’, after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was given marching orders for yelling at officials

  • Jurgen Klopp saw sent off during Liverpool’s win over Man City on Sunday
  • Liverpool boss ranted at the assistant referee for not flagging for a foul
  • Anthony Taylor showed Klopp the red card and he could face FA punishment
  • Radio discussion suggested teams should lose a player when this occurs
  • Danny Murphy said the idea would put an immediate stop to manager dissent 

Danny Murphy believes a rule that saw a player sent off every time a manager was dismissed would ‘nip dissent in the bud’ immediately.

It follows Jurgen Klopp’s red card for yelling at an assistant referee during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Liverpool manager has been charged by the Football Association under a breach of rule E3, which covers ‘comments which are improper, which bring the game into disrepute, which are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting.’

Jurgen Klopp was sent off for yelling at the assistant referee during Liverpool’s Premier League win over Manchester City on Sunday and could face a FA punishment after being charged

The Liverpool boss was furious a foul wasn't flagged for during the tense encounter at Anfield

The Liverpool boss was furious a foul wasn’t flagged for during the tense encounter at Anfield

Klopp has until Friday to respond to the charge but could face a touchline ban.

During a talkSPORT debate on more immediate punishments for misbehaving managers, it was suggested each time a manager sees red, a player should be sacrificed as well.

And former Liverpool midfielder Murphy agreed the suggestion wasn’t a bad one.

He said: ‘Some of these ideas are preposterous at times but this one really isn’t because it impacts the game there and then, it punishes the behaviour and it would nip it in the bud.

‘They couldn’t do it with the captain as someone suggested because they would just give someone less important the armband.

Danny Murphy suggested on talkSPORT than an idea to remove a player each time a manager was sent off wasn't a bad idea

Danny Murphy suggested on talkSPORT than an idea to remove a player each time a manager was sent off wasn’t a bad idea

Klopp is shown the red card by referee Anthony Taylor during the match at Anfield on Sunday

Klopp is shown the red card by referee Anthony Taylor during the match at Anfield on Sunday

‘I think if you brought that rule in overnight, managers’ behaviour would change more dramatically than anything else you’ve seen in football.’

Fans on social media, however, were divided over whether it was a good suggestion or not.

One wrote: ‘Not a bad idea, it punishes the team at the time rather than fine or suspension.’

Another tweeted: ‘I do think it’s right to think of some way to actually punish the side. Let’s face it, a manager being ‘sent off’ for a portion of then match has little to no effect.

‘Just seems too complicated to try and enforce some sort of punishment for the team itself.’

Fans on Twitter were split on whether the idea to sacrifice a player was a sound one

Fans on Twitter were split on whether the idea to sacrifice a player was a sound one

Other went further, saying: ‘Manager gets sent off, the other team should get a penalty.’

But other hated the idea, with one writing: ‘Terrible idea. Losing player in any circumstances ruins the spectacle and that’s what football is all about.’

Another tweeter added: ‘Whilst a good idea. This would take away one of the more exciting off-field parts of the game. Let’s not remove all the drama now.’

Klopp will be in the Liverpool dug-out when they host West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday night.



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