‘Let’s pretend the fine was £2k and we signed Teemu for £23k’ - Farke’s right of reply over FA fine
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke is sick of talking about the fallout from an Ipswich Town derby day brawl - but is adamant a £25,000 FA fine was rough justice.
City were fined £5,000 more than Ipswich Town after both were charged with failing to control their personnel in a feisty 3-0 win for the Canaries that saw Paul Lambert red carded.
Lambert was hit with a separate £3,000 fine and two match touchline ban for improper conduct but Farke insisted his club were the innocent party.
An FA statement indicated City’s heavier club punishment was a reflection of their historical record.
“I hoped Paul did not get a ban because I have so much understanding for a coach when they are under pressure and perhaps the emotions are high,” said Farke. “We won 3-0 and that was the most important thing.
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“My feeling is after hearing this figure, £25,000, it is a lot of money. Perhaps not the biggest amount for a football club but when you think about what you could do with this, so many things in terms of charity or the community.
“This whole situation was caused by two nasty tackles from Ipswich players and we have to pay more than Ipswich.
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“For my feeling this is tough. £25,000 is a lot, more than the signing of Teemu Pukki and Christoph Zimmermann together. Let’s pretend the fine was £2k and we signed Teemu for £23k so we are equal.
“I think our fans would be happy if we had paid £23k for Teemu.”
Farke commended his players for keeping their composure in a Carrow Road cauldron.
“The first situation was caused by an unbelievably tough tackle and I think the reaction of my players was outstanding. There was not one yellow card,” he said. “Then in the 90th minute Emi Buendia is tackled in his stomach, when we are leading 3-0, with the only intention to show a bit your frustration.
“How he reacts is he stands up and just asks, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Todd Cantwell gets a yellow because he runs quickly to this situation because he is annoyed. My players were so disciplined.
“They deserved the Nobel Peace Prize or at least a Fifa Fair Play prize.
“It was nothing to do with my behaviour. I was more focused on winking at supporters. I don’t want to speak anymore about Ipswich. It feels like for weeks we have been speaking about this.”