Everton manager Frank Lampard has been charged by the Football Association (FA) following his comments after the Toffees’ defeat to Liverpool last month.
The former Chelsea and England midfielder criticised the referee in their 2-0 defeat away at their perennial rivals, saying his side were denied a penalty which could have been awarded if it was a Liverpool player.
The FA has now hit Lampard with a fine, saying he implied bias while also attacking the integrity of the match officials.
A statement from the FA read: “Frank Lampard has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to post-match media comments that me made following Everton FC’s Premier League match against Liverpool FC on Sunday 24 April 2022.
“It is alleged that the manager’s comments 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 contrary to FA Rule E3.1.
“Frank Lampard has until Monday 9 May 2022 to provide a response.”
Everton are currently in the red zone in the Premier League, and the charge could have an effect on the team as they fight to avoid relegation.
Next up for the Toffees is a match at the King Power Stadium, against Leicester City.