£10,000 fine for Babel

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has been fined £10,000 and warned about his future conduct for posting comments and a doctored picture of Rotherham referee Howard Webb on Twitter.

The Holland international was charged with improper conduct by the FA after he used the social networking site to criticise the official.

After the Reds' FA Cup exit at Manchester United, where Liverpool conceded a controversial first-minute penalty and had captain Steven Gerrard sent off, Babel posed a mocked-up picture of Webb wearing a United shirt.

He also wrote: "And they call him one of the best referees? That's a joke. SMH (shaking my head)."

Babel later apologised for his comments and posted: "My apology if they take my posted pic seriously. This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game. Sorry Howard Webb."

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