Lampard Accepts FA Improper Conduct Charge

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has accepted a Football Association (FA) improper conduct charge after being sent off during his side’s 1-0 defeat against Rotherham on Saturday.

The ex-England midfielder was shown a red card after after leaving his technical area to argue with officials against a handball decision in the 77th minute.

The 40-year-old believed his team were due a penalty having earlier seen midfielder Tom Lawrence sent off for a late tackle on Richie Towell and a penalty awarded against his side, but his request was swiftly dismissed by referee Peter Bankes at the New York Stadium.

After initially claiming his dismissal was unfair, the Lampard has since decided to take the penalty on the chin as he explained at a pre-match press conference for Derby’s clash with Blackburn on Tuesday.

“I’ve accepted it, it was the right thing to do,” Lampard said.

“It’s a new rule this year, yellow and red cards. My issue with it was that other managers and assistants are leaving areas all the time to talk to fourth officials and shout to the referee or linesman, and it’s not being dealt with.

“It’s new, consistency is a problem but that’s not my argument to fight, that’s for the FA to sort out and make the right decisions.

“The referee was very quick to get the red card out, make of that what you will.

“I saw their manager and assistant out of their technical area. I saw a manager celebrating on the pitch with his players on the weekend, with actually I like. We’ve got to be careful to take away too much emotion.

“If there’s language or physical contact it’s an obvious thing, but I thought a slap on the wrist and ‘Get back in your area’ would have been sufficient.

“I’m emotional watching the game, every decision went against us. But it’s done, I’ll accept the fine and move on.”