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Rodgers: No regrets on ref row

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has no regrets over his comments about referee Lee Mason, but does not want the incident to distract his side.

Rodgers was fined 8,000 after accepting an FA charge for questioning the integrity of Mason following the Boxing Day defeat to Manchester City.

"My view hasn't changed. I obviously accept the punishment but I'm not one who is the enemy to the officials," he said.

"My history will show that, I have always supported and encouraged them.

"I was disappointed after the game, disappointed with the outcome (the fine) considering my history but all I was doing was speaking honestly and in no way was I questioning the integrity of the referee.

"I was just talking about the logic and facts about other appointments would prove that true I am sure.

"But it is gone. The only reason I never challenged it was because I didn't want anything getting in the way of what we are trying to do here.

"It would just prolong it and be something else to talk about when all I want is for us to talk about is our football."