Babel charged over tweet pic

2011-01-11 09:33

London - Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) on Monday after posting a mocked-up photo of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt on social networking site Twitter.

The picture appeared on the Dutch forward's official page on Twitter just hours after United beat Liverpool 1-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday - a match refereed by Webb.

Webb, who refereed last year's World Cup final, angered Liverpool by awarding United a first-minute penalty from which Ryan Giggs scored before sending-off Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

As well as the photo, Babel wrote: "And they call him one of the best referees? That's a joke. SMH (shaking my head)."

The 24-year-old Dutchman subsequently apologised to Webb, saying: "My apology if they (Babel's Twitter 'followers') take my posted pic seriously. This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game.

"Sorry Howard Webb."

Babel has until 18:00 SA time on Thursday to respond to the charge.

The picture at the centre of the fuss (File)


  • Bandit - 2011-01-11 09:38

    This A-Hole is one of the reasons the Pool performs badly - get rid of him and a few of the other lagards in the squad. Teams don't win because teams don't score.

      TRUE Red - 2011-01-11 10:04

      you right, they score because the dive in the box to get a penalty - i replied to you in the other article WAKE UP ! This is an old pic, doing the rounds for years - where there is smoke, there is fire !

      seeps.mazi - 2011-01-11 11:45

      True Red your just upset that you couldn't save face as Liverpool are in serious trouble, 12th place and four from the drop....... You didn't deserve the win anyway so get over yourselves

      TRUE Red - 2011-01-11 12:03

      you right, we didn't deserve the win. But we didn't deserve the "loss" either the NINE league games we lost under useless Woy Hodgson - we absolutely deserved to lose those, 100%

      Deon - 2011-01-11 14:04

      Funny how all Liverpool supporters are whinning about Berbatov going down so easy on Sunday. Steven Gerrard dived to win the penalty in the Champions League Final in 2005. No-one complained then. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

  • Mike Julsing - 2011-01-11 10:07

    You can't allways blame the ref. I just hope no one kills Kenny.

  • RED MANC - 2011-01-11 16:02

    Must admit that Howard Webb looks good in a United shirt , the man has taste and class . True Red - the only smoke is the smoke being blown up Loserpool's and their supporters backsides and if there is a fire then they will get their collective backsides burnt . Deon - mate , don't waste your breath , Loserpool supporters suffer from selective amnesia and ostrich mentality - they blame everyone else for the team's sub-par performance when the problem is the team itself . A new manager is not even given six months to prove himself with crappy players he inherited so that says it all . United are not playing up to their usual standard but like the champions we are , we still get a result and move ahead . Maybe a season or two in the Championship will help clear their heads . One thing is certain , with Spurs and City around , Loserpool can say goodbye to Champion's League football for a long long time .

      TRUE Red - 2011-01-11 16:54

      my word you's are funny ! Crappy player's - the only crappy player's are the ones Hodgson bought - the likes of Konchesky, Poulsen, etc - the "inherited" player's are the same ones that challenged for the title not too long ago & were a force in the Champions League for year's ! 20 games - he lost NINE, and guess what, we deserved to lose those NINE He took over a team that finished not too far off the Top 4 last season, despite a HUGE injury crisis last year, and now we're 4 points clear of the relegation zone - what more is there to prove ? The difference in the CL Final 2005 was that there was GENUINE CONTACT from Guttuso, towards the END of the game, not a slight touch in the 1st minute ! I also wouldn't want to admit the truth if i was a manc (God forbid) - I would also be too embarrased !

      Deon - 2011-01-12 14:07

      It doesn't matter if it was 1st min, 30min, 99min. The time of the incident doesn't make it any more warrented. Gerrard dived. There is a 10min video on YouTube dedicated to Stevie G and his diving. He's a great player and his contribution to Liverpool is above reproach but he has dived, and so has many others.

  • jamesonl - 2011-01-11 16:57

    webb's handling of the game left much too be desired. he was plain heavy handed. babel's comments are justified. FA can charge him, but webb was harsh on liverpool. as a manchester supporter i would not have wanted us to win a game against in liverpool in such fashion

      Deon - 2011-01-12 14:19

      It's one thing for a player to be upset with what he feels in a bad call, but to go label a highly repsected Referee a Cheat in a completely different matter. He could eaily of said something along the lines of "not the best performance by the man in the middle", Calling someone a cheat is a serious accusation

  • man u - 2011-01-11 19:46

    Everybody must remember it is football . You win some , loose some,get good decisions for you and bad decisions against you Ref's are human and make mistakes The only difference is that when you loose ,it is so much easier to blame the ref than to say we would never have won even if the ref was perfect. Remember when you are out of form or down on your luck , everything seems to go against you, not only the ref's decisions. Anyway it was probably the worst game that I have seen between these two clubs in my life and I think that only due to United's second half performance did they deserve to win BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY Ps I am an United supporter

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