By ANTONY KASTRINAKIS
ANGRY Fulham last night took Liverpool to a Premier League tribunal for allegedly tapping up Clint Dempsey.
Liverpool were left red-faced after accidentally “announcing” they had agreed a deal for the American in the newsfeed on the official website of Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group.
The Premier League confirmed Liverpool have been asked to explain their actions and could face sanctions.
A statement read: “The Premier League has received a complaint from Fulham regarding certain comments made by Liverpool officials and is looking into the matter.”
Fulham also claim comments by Kop boss Brendan Rodgers have helped unsettle their 29-year-old star and the Premier League board, which convened last week, accepted Liverpool have a case to answer.
The Reds have to respond over the next fortnight and the Premier League board will decide next month whether to refer the case to a three-man independent panel.
Top officials told SunSport last night that this case is not as blatant as the infamous tap-up row between Arsenal and Chelsea over the transfer of Ashley Cole six years ago.
The Blues were fined £300,000 and copped a suspended three-point deduction.
Dempsey-gate began when an initial £5million offer was rejected even though the player has only one year left on his contract.
Fulham have been demanding £9m but Rodgers has refused to meet the asking price.
It is understood the saga could be drawing to a close as the Reds were set to go back in with an improved £7.5m bid.
Fulham are hoping to replace Dempsey with the £3.5m capture of Arsenal misfit Park Chu-Young.
The South Korea striker, 27, knows he has no future at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are finally set to beat Arsenal in the battle for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, who should join the Reds on a one-year loan.