Everton boss Frank Lampard charged for Liverpool penalty comments that 'imply bias'


Frank Lampard has been charged by the Football Association for his post-match Merseyside derby comments in which he appeared to suggest Liverpool would have had a penalty if Mohamed Salah had gone down instead of Anthony Gordon. The Everton boss left Anfield incensed that his side had taken nothing from the game despite a spirited performance, as he bemoaned several of Stuart Attwell’s decisions.

Everton starlet Gordon was booked for diving after tumbling over Naby Keita’s outstretched leg, before he later went to ground following a collision with Joel Matip in the Liverpool penalty area,

“It’s a penalty in the second half for us. I don’t think you get them here,” said Lampard in his post-match press conference.

“If it’s Mo Salah at their end, he gets a penalty. I’m not trying to create a conflict here, it’s just the reality of football sometimes.

“Maybe I’ve played at clubs when we’re in the top reaches of the league, the crowd is behind them and you get them or you don’t.

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“For me, for sure, it was a penalty on Anthony. It’s a foul and you don’t get them here.

“I think they are open to it now but it is gone. It is a disappointment, in the cold light of day I think it is a penalty.”

After writing to Lampard and asking him to explain his comments, the FA have now confirmed their decision to charge him.

A regulation and discipline update read: “Frank Lampard has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to post-match media comments that he made following Everton FC’s Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday 24 April 2022.

“It is alleged that the manager’s comments constitute improper conduct as they imply bias and/or attack the match referee – or referees generally – and/or bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.

“Frank Lampard has until Monday 9 May 2022 to provide a response.”


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