England manager Roy Hodgson was left 'livid' after being denied a place in the directors' box for the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.
Hodgson, who had a brief and unsuccessful spell as manager at Anfield, was instead forced to watch the match from the scouts area as Liverpool had filled all their seats in the directors' box.
Among those who did manage to get into the directors' box was Gavin and Stacey star James Corden who was sitting beside Liverpool chairman Tom Werner.
Tom Werner accompanied by James Corden in the directors box for Liverpool v Man United.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) September 1, 2013
Respected Daily Telegraph journalist Henry Winter witnessed the scene and detailed the incident on Twitter.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 1, 2013
The situation became quite embarrassing for Liverpool in the second-half when a number of people who were sitting in the directors' box delayed their return to their seats at half-time.
With about 10 minutes gone in the second-half, TalkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface noted that there were 'seven or eight empty' seats in the directors' box.
The scouts area is right in front of the press box and Daniel Taylor of the Guardian witnessed a Liverpool official trying to say sorry to Hodgson during the second half.
Hodgson latest: official in LFC tie currently offering profuse apologies to England manager (not sure Hodgson's having it)
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) September 1, 2013
Liverpool later claimed Fabio Capello had sat in exactly the same place as Hodgson when he visited Anfield but they acknowledged a ticketing mistake.
Evidently though, this did not appease the Three Lions chief, who opted to sit on his own in the main entrance area at half-time, then revised his post-match plan of meeting assistant Gary Neville, who had been commentating on the game, to leave five minutes early and head straight to England's base at St George's Park.
To make a bad day worse for Hodgson, Phil Jones, Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson all picked up knocks in the game and are doubtful for next week's World Cup qualifiers Moldova and Ukraine. Wayne Rooney has also been ruled out of those games.
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