By Sam Stone

28th Oct, 2022 | 2:10pm

Martin Keown clashes with Leeds United fan live on talkSPORT over recent FA decision

Martin Keown has suggested Jesse Marsch’s conduct for Leeds United was different to Jurgen Klopp’s after the Liverpool manager avoided a touchline ban.

The German was sent off in the second half of Liverpool’s game against Manchester City after confronting the linesman.

Marsch was fined £10,000 and banned for Leeds’ home match against Aston Villa after being sent off in the Whites’ 5-2 defeat to Brentford.

A Leeds fan highlighted on talkSPORT that Klopp and Marsch were banned for exactly the same things but received different punishments.

Stuart the Leeds fan said on talkSPORT [11:16, 28 October]: “There’s a lot of teams that aren’t part of the bix six getting a lot of decisions against them, VAR goes this way as well.

“If they’re going to set a precedent by banning one manager on the touchline then they need to do the same with everybody else. I don’t condone what Jesse Marsch did, he got a touchline ban for that, but it should be the same for everyone.”

Keown added: “Do you think Marsch is helping his cause by tapping the watch and trying to police the game? Klopp’s not tapping his watch and going at every single decision as Marsch does.”

The fan replied: “Marsch got the ban for foul and abusive language, which is exactly what Klopp has done as well.”


Like pretty much every single decision made in the modern game, fans just want a little bit more consistency when it to VAR calls and punishments.

There is absolutely no way Klopp should be on the touchline after his abuse towards the official and it does feel like Marsch has been treated completely differently to the German, even though he’s committed an identical offence.

Both managers were wrong for their outbursts, there is no doubting that, but all fans are looking for is a little bit more consistency.

Interestingly, Klopp and Marsch will be going head to head this weekend as Leeds travel to Anfield with the American looking to ease the growing pressure on his shoulders.

If the Whites’ can avoid a heavy defeat, there’s a chance Marsch could be given the chance to face Bournemouth in what will be a must-win fixture before the World Cup break. A defeat to the Cherries will surely see the American’s time in Yorkshire come to an end.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has shared a three-word tweet about what’s happened at Leeds this week.