FA fines Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been fined 8,000 pounds ($12,500) by the Football Association after accusing a referee of bias towards Chelsea following a Premier League match between the teams last month.

Villa lost the game 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on August 21 after having a penalty appeal turned down when Chelsea defender John Terry appeared to handle the ball inside his area late in the game.

Lambert said after the match “I’m pretty sure that if it had been down the other end, it would have been given.”

Lambert has been fined $12,500 by the FA after accusing a referee of bias towards Chelsea following a Premier League match between the teams last month.

The FA says in a statement released on Friday that Lambert accepted a charge of misconduct that his comments “implied the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

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