Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fined £8,000 by Football Association for criticising referee Lee Mason

Rodgers has been fined for his comments about Lee Mason. Photo: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct for criticising referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has announced.

Rodgers admitted an FA misconduct charge after he said following the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City that the match should not have been refereed by an official from Greater Manchester - Mason is from Bolton.

An FA independent regulatory commission imposed the sanction and warned Rodgers as to his future conduct.

Rodgers said after the City match: "Hopefully we don't have a Greater Manchester referee again for the Liverpool v Manchester City game. I'm sure we won't get somebody from the Wirral."