Benitez cleared of charges as FA criticised

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been cleared of charges made against him by the Football Association relating to comments made about referee Phil Dowd in the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on the opening day of the season.

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Benitez dismayed by referee Dowd

Dowd’s decision to wave play on enfuriated assistant manager Sammy Lee, who was ordered out of the dug-out minutes later.

After the game, Benitez told reporters, “Everybody could see there was a penalty against Voronin. It was so clear, it is unbelievable. With this referee, I knew another penalty was impossible.”

Benitez was also only warned over a gesture of glasses made “in a non-malicious and humorous manner” according to the independent Commission.

The Commission also made note of how the FA “failed to charge another manager who had made a similar gesture the same weekend.”

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