The Football Association is to look into Liverpool forward Ryan Babel’s posts on Twitter.

Babel criticised referee Howard Webb on the social networking site following Liverpool’s defeat by Manchester United in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie.

Babel forwarded on a mocked-up picture of Webb in a United shirt and also said: “And they call him one of the best referees. That’s a joke.”

The Dutchman later removed the posts before apologising to Webb.

“My apology if they take my posted picture seriously. This is just a emotional reaction after losing an important game,” he said.

“Sorry Howard Webb.”

Ryan Giggs scored what proved to be the winner from the spot-kick Webb gave for Daniel Agger’s apparent foul on Dimitar Berbatov, while Gerrard was sent off after 32 minutes for a challenge on Michael Carrick.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish labelled the penalty decision “a joke” and also disagreed with the brandishing of a red card for his captain as his side lost 1-0.

Babel came on as a substitute an hour into the match at Old Trafford but failed to help his side engineer a comeback before his Twitter outburst after the game.

The FA commented before the player’s apology that “we will definitely look into this matter”.

By freelance writer Dan Leaton.

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