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Sevilla coach explains bizarre red card during draw with Liverpool

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down a row with Sevilla's coaching staff which saw the Spanish side's manager Eduardo Berizzo sent to the stands in last night's 2-2 Champions League draw at Anfield.

Words were exchanged between the Reds boss and the visitors' bench after the incident. But Klopp insisted his rival's dismissal - when Berizzo threw the ball away from Joe Gomez for a second time at a throw-in - had nothing to do with him.

"They think I had something to do with the red card of my colleague. I don't think I had a percentage of influence on this decision," he said. "I was not happy with him throwing the ball away. I was not exceptionally emotional in this situation. He threw the ball away but I didn't send him to the stand.

"The manager of Sevilla asked me to come into the dressing room as he wanted to explain to me the situation of his red card. There were a lot of smiles on their faces."

Sevilla coach Berizzo admitted his sending-off was all his own fault.

“When we were winning and Liverpool were on the counter I did something that wasn’t right, I threw the ball to stop the advantage of a counter-attack. I realised that was a mistake,” he said of his first offence.

“However in the second half, when we were losing and chasing the game, I still decided to throw the ball away to make up for (my actions in) the first half so I tried to do the same.

“Klopp understood but the referee didn’t understand, he was the only one. I had a chat with Klopp and wanted to put right the initial mistake. He (the referee) did act to the letter of the law, but I wanted to try to explain.

“What I did explain to the Liverpool staff is that it wasn’t a bad intention, I was trying to make up for what happened before.”

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