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Rene: Riether has apologised

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has revealed that Sascha Riether has apologised for giving away a penalty against Liverpool.

The Cottagers had lead the game twice before German full-back gave away a penalty kick for a late lunge on Daniel Sturridge which provided Liverpool with the chance to win the game, which they took with Steven Gerrard converting the spot-kick.

Riether has been a key member of Fulham's team this season, both under former boss Martin Jol and new boss Meuensteen, making appearances in all but two of Fulham's Premier League encounters.

Meulensteen told GetWestLondon: "There was a silly challenge that should not have been made.

"The first thing he said when he got back in the dressing room was: 'Sorry, I shouldn't have done it. It was definitely cruel."

Speaking about the 3-2 loss, the Fulham boss added: "I think we deserved a point. If you look at the game, we got our noses in front. We actually played quite well, were well organised, we didn't let them settle into a rhythm. They didn't create much danger.

"You can see there is improvement. The new players are making a difference. The discipline they had and showed in terms of defensive shape. A point and I'd have been very pleased. But it wasn't to be."