August 8, 2022 Latest Football News

Jurgen Klopp to seek legal advice over Joel Matip case

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be consulting club lawyers over whether the inclusion of Joel Matip into his squad against Plymouth could expel Liverpool from the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old had already missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United after the Reds failed to get him clearance from FIFA to play for his club as the African Cup of Nations kicks-off in another continent.

Klopp said he was not “100% sure” of Matip’s availability.

“I have to ask [Liverpool’s lawyers] but the decision is for me to make,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach said in the pre-match press conference against Plymouth. “I could put him in the lineup. I don’t think the referee is going to say: ‘Stop, stop, you cannot go on the pitch.’ But I will do it when it’s OK from our point of view. Of course I need advice – I’m not a lawyer.”

Matip allegedly ‘refused to play’ for Cameroon after being named in their preliminary squad — and FIFA regulations dictate that a player may be blocked from playing for his club if he refuses to play for his country.

But as far as Liverpool is concerned, Matip was not selected in Cameroon’s final 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations and has stopping playing for his country since 2015.

With FIFA set to make a decision on Friday whether Matip has a case to answer and, if so, Klopp admitted it could be “another seven or 10 days before we get a decision”.

If that is so, the player could miss six to eight games for Liverpool if he is not made available until the end of the competition.

This includes games against Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday, the EFL Cup semi‑final second leg against Southampton and an FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers should they defeat League Two club Plymouth.

“I have to ask [Liverpool’s lawyers] but the decision is for me to make,” Klopp said. “I could put him in the lineup. I don’t think the referee is going to say: ‘Stop, stop, you cannot go on the pitch.’ But I will do it when it’s OK from our point of view. Of course I need advice – I’m not a lawyer.”

in My Blog
Banner
Related Posts

Everton to increase bid after Swansea reject £40m deal for Sigurdsson

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Everton will be increasing their bid for Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson after a the Welsh club rejected £40m deal for...

EPL Full-time Hasil dan Highlights: Minggu 12

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Results: Saturday, November 7 Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 0 West Ham 1 Everton 1 Leicester City 2 Watford 1 Man. United...

Liverpool into EFL Cup semi-finals after victory over Leeds

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Liverpool entered the League Cup semi-finals for a record 17th time after a solid second-half performance earned them a 2-0...

Gattuso continues wait for first win after Milan lose away to Rijeka

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says the club’s “shirt deserves respect” after a “burning defeat” by Rijeka as his team...

Jay Rodriguez double enough to oust Liverpool from FA Cup

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Jay Rodriguez scored twice as West Brom defeated Liverpool by 3-2 and ousted the Reds from the FA Cup in...

Cavaliers beats Bulls for the first time this season

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Cleveland Cavaliers (39-14) gathered their fourth consecutive victory and finally managed to take down the Chicago Bulls (27-26), cruising to...

Portugal wins first ever European Championship trophy

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

European Championship Final 2016, Stade de France Portugal vs France (1–0, aet) Portugal is Champions of Euro 2016. Eder scored the...

Tottenham closing in on first signing of the transfer window

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Tottenham are currently on the verge of completing their first deal of this summer transfer window, with Ajax centre-half Davinson...

Andy Murray wins men’s singles gold at Rio Olympics

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Great Britain’s Andy Murray becomes the first tennis player to win two Olympics singles titles by beating Juan Martian Del...

Tottenham 4 : 1 Manchester City

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

CITY HITS YET ANOTHER SPEED BUMP FOLLOWING A HOME DEFEAT LAST WEEK, MANCHESTER CITY SUFFERS YET ANOTHER SETBACK AT THE...

Jason Pierre-Paul: we will get Tom Brady

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is feeling good, talking about ditching the heavy club wrap he wore on...

Euro 2016 opening games: highlights and predictions

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

Group A: France vs Romania EURO 2016 kicks off with France facing off against Romania, with the host nation looking...

Cavaliers overpowers Warriors to pull NBA finals into Game 7

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Cavaliers 31 28 21 35 101 Warriors 11 32 28 30 115 The Cleveland Cavaliers...

Five things we learn from College Football rankings

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

The winner is still anyone’s guess from the Big 3. The second installment of the College Football Playoff rankings is...

David Moyes: West Ham United set to sign Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

West Ham United manager David Moyes said that his club could sign French international Steven Nzonzi if Sevilla decides to...