The English Football Association has fined Everton manager Frank Lampard following comments he made in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
In his post-match interview, Lampard expressed his displeasure at the officiating where he questioned referee Stuart Attwell’s decision not to award Anthony Gordon a penalty, having already booked the youngster for diving in the first half.
“It was a penalty, you don’t get them at Anfield. If that was Mohamed Salah at the Kop end, I think [the referee] gives that. It was a foul on Anthony,” he said.
The comments have seen the FA hand the Englishman a £30,000 fine for bringing the game into disrepute, and an independent regulatory commission has now fined him for his comments.
“An independent Regulatory Commission has fined Frank Lampard £30,000 after finding a charge against him for breaching FA Rule E3 in relation to media comments proven during a personal hearing.
“The Everton FC manager made the comments after their Premier League game against Liverpool FC on Sunday 24 April 2022. And he denied that they constitute improper conduct as they imply bias and/or attack the integrity of the match referee-or referees generally-and/or bring the game into disrepute,” an FA spokesperson said in a statement.
The comments came at a time when the Toffees were fighting to stay afloat with the team doing all they could to survive the chop and be part of the Premier League again.