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Forest charged by FA over controversial Tierney blunder in Liverpool clash

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST have been charged by the FA for their furious reaction in the aftermath following last Saturday’s last-gasp defeat to Liverpool.

Darwin Nunez’s controversial 99th minute winner came after referee Paul Tierney blundered by restarting play with a drop ball to Liverpool, when he should have awarded possession to Forest.

Nottingham Forest have been charged by the FA for their reaction following Liverpool's late win on Saturday

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Nottingham Forest have been charged by the FA for their reaction following Liverpool’s late win on SaturdayCredit: Rex
Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis came on to the pitch during the hysteria

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Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis came on to the pitch during the hysteriaCredit: Rex
The Forest staff were fuming after Paul Tierney had incorrectly given Liverpool the ball

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The Forest staff were fuming after Paul Tierney had incorrectly given Liverpool the ballCredit: Reuters

Members of Forest’s coaching staff surrounded ref Tierney at full-time.

While the club’s Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis took to the pitch and followed the under-fire official down the tunnel after the final whistle.

Forest have now been charged with allegedly failing “to ensure its players and/or technical area occupants don’t behave in an improper way after the final whistle.”

First team coach Steven Reid has also been charged with allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting language,” towards Tierney during a stormy encounter as the official left the pitch.

Reid was sent off after the final whistle and the FA Statement alleges he “acted in an improper manner and/or use abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official after being sent off.”

Reid and Forest have until Wednesday, March 13 to respond to the charges.

Referee Tierney received punishment himself following his incorrect decision to give the ball to Liverpool in the build up to Nunez’s goal.

The official has been DROPPED from taking charge of any Premier League fixtures this weekend.

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Forest coach Steven Reid was sent off by Tierney after the full-time whistle

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Forest coach Steven Reid was sent off by Tierney after the full-time whistleCredit: Getty

However he will still be on duty as a VAR for Arsenal’s clash with Brentford on Saturday instead.

Forest captain Ryan Yates revealed that Tierney had claimed that he had got the rules right in the situation despite Forest players explaining he was incorrect.

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Speaking after the game, Yates said: “He just said: ‘That’s the rule. They get the ball.” I honestly don’t know how that is possible.

“We were in the ascendancy, we had a corner.

“There was just a coming together and then we were going to put another ball into the box. I thought they’ll just drop us the ball back.

“Maybe on the halfway line — worst case on the halfway line — and then we’ll just play on. But not giving them it there.

“Suddenly, while we’re switched off, they’re allowed to get the ball to the other end of the pitch and put us under pressure. It’s strange, very strange.”

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