The English FA has charged Liverpool winger Ryan Babel with improper conduct for posting on his Twitter page a digitally altered picture of referee Howard Webb
wearing a Manchester United shirt after being upset by his decisions in Liverpool's FA Cup loss last weekend.
Babel, the first player charged by the FA for a Twitter posting, could receive a fine or ban from the FA. He also tweeted: "And they call him one of the best referees. That's a joke."
Babel later tweeted: "Sorry Howard Webb! My apology if they take my posted pic seriously. This is just a emotional reaction after losing an important game."
Liverpool's coach Kenny Dalglish said, "Maybe I've been out of the game too long, but let's see if they can find a sense of humor. He apologized straight away. I don't think he's clever enough technically to have drawn that up himself."