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Lambert Fined for Lincoln Comments
Thursday, 12th Nov 2020 11:17

Town boss Paul Lambert has been fined £1,750 having admitted an FA charge relating to his post-match media comments aimed towards referee Kevin Johnson at Lincoln City on Saturday 24th October.

Lambert’s comments were judged to be constitute improper conduct in that they were personally offensive and brought the game into disrepute, a breach of FA rule E3.

Lambert attended a ‘virtual’ personal hearing where he apologised for his comments regarding referee Johnson’s award of a controversial penalty to the Imps which won them the game.

“I’ve sent my apologises to the referee for any offence my comments may have caused,” Lambert told the club site.

“They were said in the heat of the moment after a game where I felt we lost because of the ‘wrong’ decision to award a penalty to Lincoln.

“My comments were aimed at his judgment calls during the game and not his integrity as a referee.”

Last week Lambert was fined for the red card he received for his protests at the final whistle, having previously served a one-match touchline ban, while Town and Lincoln were both fined for the mass confrontation following Jon Nolan’s red card late in the game at Sincil Bank.

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66notout added 11:25 - Nov 12
Oh dear. I hope the fine is not coming out of his 'Free Drinks and Bus Fare for Fans' account.

Suffolkboy added 12:08 - Nov 12
Then PL you owed NO apology and as the decisions were endorsed as certainly not in order , why oh why ,and as the remarks were presumably not in earshot of almost anyone, cannnot the Panels become a whole load more mature , accept that emotion and sentiment come into play ,and direct Officials to at the very least pause for thought before apparently springing into action with a ‘ virtual ‘ card for misbehaviour ?
I’m not asking for ‘double ‘ standards ; Footy is a Sport we all enjoy participating in even from the stands etc : but the philosophy and understanding and interpretation still needs much broader thinking and more education .
Cards , as such , ought to be a last resort ; the aim should be to keep 22 players on the pitch if at all possible .Honesty and integrity should be appreciated and valued ; ‘danger ‘ should be better observed , understood and punished ,but the exaggerated reactions ,of all and any, deserve a personal word of advice ; and there is a patent danger that we are striving for perfection in technical detail but thus failing to allow for human fallibility , errors or simple mistakes .
Improvements demand intelligent and public guidance from the Top down in each aspect of ‘our ‘ game .
My sympathies are very much with PL on this aspect ,I’ve no knowledge of what he said but the apparent sensitivities need revision !

Edmundo added 12:10 - Nov 12
So Lambo is fined, fair enough.
And the ref? Any possibility of a performance review or are they all infallible?

rabbit added 12:36 - Nov 12
Edmundo I agree with you but I would take it a stage further and as a match day team of officials they should all be culpable.
It does seem to me that referees are for whatever reason excluding their assistants more and more these days, I have a personal friend who was a pro. referee and he tells me it is up to the referee whether or not he requires his touch judges assistance for help for on field decisions, which is mystifying to me.
I am not judging what happened at Lincoln by the way because I only saw highlights although it certainly looked a very harsh decision, my point is more they should operate as a team and should be judged as such which I believe would create a better ethic all round.

TractorRoyNo1 added 14:09 - Nov 12
Lambert would have been better to have kept quite and sent money to the RNIB Guide Dogs to help these refs.

AlfBuksh added 15:23 - Nov 12
I saw the headline without my glasses and thought it read Lambert Fired! I'm ashamed to say I felt excited for a second or two!!

BettyBlue added 16:37 - Nov 12
Won't make much of a dent in his £20,000 a week salary.

Can't we put him on pay per win contract?

ronnyd added 17:16 - Nov 12
The referees performance brought the game into repute too.

Carberry added 20:45 - Nov 12
Honesty and integrity, Suffolkboy, are you talking about professional football?

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