Liverpool’s Ryan Babel faces disciplinary action after mocking referee Howard Webb on Twitter. Babel was angry with Webb for awarding Manchester United a first-minute penalty and sending off Liverpool skipper, Steven Gerrard, in yesterdays game.
The penalty that Webb awarded United with in the opening minute, converted by Ryan Giggs, gave the home side a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
The Liverpool winger took to Twitter to post mocked-up pictures of Webb wearing a United shirt. He went on to write: ‘And they call him one of the best referees. That’s a joke. Smh.’ Smh is a popular abbreviation for ‘shaking my head’.
Babel, the Netherlands international, later claimed he was sorry, posting again on Twitter: ‘My apology if they take my posted pic seriously. This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game. Sorry Howard Webb!’
The apology came after the English Football Association said they would look in to the matter. The FA have stated that they will investigate the Twitter outburst, and that he could be charged with improper conduct and possibly banned.
Babel later joked that the ‘Twitter Police’ were going to take him to ‘Twitter Jail’ for his comments.
This is not the first time Babel has for himself into trouble over his comments on Twitter. He previously had to apologise to ex-boss Rafa Benitez, after complaining about being left out of the side.