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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp avoids action over FA Cup TV time claim

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won't face action after his comments about TV cutting short their defeat to FA Cup opponents West Brom.

Klopp accused BT Sport of forcing the team of officials that handled Liverpool's FA Cup defeat by West Brom last weekend to cut short the length of injury time by six minutes.

The Irish Independent says BT Sport have denied having any influence on the matter, with the live broadcast last Saturday being followed by highlights of the FA Cup clash between Wigan vs West Ham and the Bundesliga.

The Football Association has also declined to comment and claim that it is a matter for the Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL], meaning that Klopp will not face action despite appearing to question the integrity of the officials involved on the day.

A PGMOL spokesperson confirmed that, as VAR was in use for the FA Cup clash, it was their responsibility to keep track of time lost during play and inform the fourth official of the correct length of injury time, and stressed that BT Sport nor any other broadcasters had any say in the matter.

“The VAR (video assistant referee) will advise the fourth official on the number of minutes to be included as added time for each half in respect of any time lost through VAR," the spokesman said. “Broadcasters are not involved in this process."

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