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Fined Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert issues apology to referee Kevin Johnson after comments made in wake of defeat at Lincoln City




Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has been fined £1,750 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 that followed the Blues’ defeat at Lincoln last month.

The Town boss’ comments in a post-match interview were judged to have brought the game into disrepute and constituted improper conduct.

Lambert attended a ‘virtual’ personal hearing and apologised for his comments made about referee Kevin Johnson after the official awarded a controversial penalty that gave the Imps a 1-0 win.

“I’ve sent my apologises to the referee for any offence my comments may have caused,” said Lambert, speaking to the club's website.

“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.”

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