Liverpool have been hit with a £20,000 fine for failing to control their players earlier this month.

Reds players surrounded referee Keith Friend after he sent off Jay Spearing late in the 1-0 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage on December 5 and the club has now admitted the charge although they have contested the severity of the financial penalty.

"The club admitted the charge, which was in relation to the dismissal of Jay Spearing, but did not accept the standard £20,000 penalty for the offence," read a statement on the FA's official website.

"However, at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 28 December] the fine was imposed."

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