Nottingham Forest and Steven Reid charged with misconduct by FA after coach confronted referee Paul Tierney over dropped-ball decision which led to Darwin Nunez's winner in last weekend's Liverpool clash


Nottingham Forest and their first-team coach Steven Reid have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over the confrontation with referee Paul Tierney after Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool.

Reid was sent off after he came on to the field to remonstrate with Tierney at the end of the match, which Forest lost 1-0 to a Darwin Nunez goal deep into stoppage time.

Forest’s referee analyst Mark Clattenburg said the club were ‘aggrieved’ by Tierney’s incorrect decision in added time to award a dropped-ball to Liverpool in the Reds’ penalty area, rather than to Forest who were in possession in an attacking area when he stopped play for a head injury to Ibrahima Konate.

Forest are charged with failing to ensure their players and technical staff behaved properly. Reid and the club have until March 13 to respond to the charges.

Nottingham Forest and Steven Reid have been charged with misconduct after he confronted Paul Tierney

Nottingham Forest and Steven Reid have been charged with misconduct after he confronted Paul Tierney

Reid was sent off for venting at Tierney over a dropped-ball decision which led to Darwin Nunez's winner

Reid was sent off for venting at Tierney over a dropped-ball decision which led to Darwin Nunez’s winner

It is understood no further action will be taken against anyone else from Forest.

The club dismissed reports their owner Evangelos Marinakis had to be restrained after chasing Tierney down the tunnel, but said he did approach the official.

Forest did regain possession after Tierney’s error, but conceded a 99th-minute goal which cost them a valuable point in the race for Premier League survival.

However, the result left them just four points clear of the relegation zone, having played a game more than chasers Luton. 

Forest were charged with breaking Premier League spending rules in January and could yet be deducted points. 

Nunez scored a 99th-minute goal to leave Forest just four points clear of the relegation zone

Nunez scored a 99th-minute goal to leave Forest just four points clear of the relegation zone

Tierney will not referee a game this weekend, but will be the VAR official for the Arsenal v Brentford match

Tierney will not referee a game this weekend, but will be the VAR official for the Arsenal v Brentford match

Tierney will not referee a game this weekend.  

He has been selected as the video assistant referee (VAR) for the Arsenal v Brentford match on Saturday evening. Sources close to Professional Game Match Officials Ltd insist Tierney has not been dropped.



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