Babel fined £10,000 over Twittergate

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Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel has been fined by the Football Association for posting a mocked-up photograph of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester Utd shirt on social networking site Twitter.

Babel posted the tweet after the Reds’ controversial 1-0 defeat to Utd in the FA Cup last Sunday in which Webb awarded Utd a penalty after striker Dimitar Berbatov dived at the feet of Reds defender Daniel Agger. Webb also sent off captain Steven Gerrard – also a contentious decision.

Babel admitted the charge of improper conduct last week and was today fined £10,000 in a personal hearing at the FA.

The tweet was accompanied with Babel writing about Webb, “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH [shaking my head].”

Yet the FA don’t charge Gary Neville over his frankly offensive face. Funny that.