De Zerbi had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction in officials decisions during the game.
He said, “I don’t like 80 per cent of referees in England. It’s not a new thing. I don’t like them or their behaviour on the pitch.”
While admitting that Mahmoud Dahoud deserved a red card for his challenge in the match, De Zerbi’s constant criticism of officials has earned him a reputation as one of the toughest managers to deal with in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Sun UK confirmed that FA insiders are examining whether De Zerbi’s comments violate stated regulations, with a possible disciplinary actions such as a fine or even a ban lurking around.
Particularly, the investigation questions if De Zerbi breached the Participant Behaviour Charter, which emphasizes that coaches must behave responsibly.
While the investigation is on, De Zerbi is not the first manager to express discontent with match referees.
Recall that Mikel Arteta, after Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle, called officials a “disgrace” and “embarrassing.”
Chelsea’s Mauricio Pochettino also apologized to referees for his reaction in the 4-4 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.
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