FA deciding whether to punish Norwich, Ipswich and Lambert over East Anglian derby squabbles
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The FA are still assessing what action – if any – to take against Norwich City and Ipswich Town following Sunday’s fiery East Anglian derby.
The Canaries’ comfortable 3-0 win came with a skirmish between most players at the end of each half, following robust Town tackles.
However the primary flashpoint came in the dugouts just before half time, when Ipswich’s former City boss Paul Lambert and the Canaries’ current head of performance Chris Domogalla were shown red cards after a melee in the City technical area – sparked by John Nolan’s late challenge on Norwich right-back Max Aarons.
Lambert had to be spoken to by a police officer as well as stewards pitchside to calm the situation, while Domogalla cut a bemused figure as he was also sent to the stands.
The FA are waiting to fully assess the match report of referee Peter Bankes before deciding whether any misconduct charges will be brought, what those charges will be and who against.
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It is believed the FA will aim to make those decisions before Norwich and Ipswich kick off at Preston and at home to Derby respectively, on Wednesday evening.
Both clubs may find themselves on the end of a charge for breaching FA rule 20 with a ‘mass confrontation’ and for failing to ensure players and/or officials conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.
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The FA introduced red and yellow cards for technical staff and coaches from this season, for all levels below the Premier League.
Accumulated yellow cards eventually lead to suspensions but unlike with players, reds do not come with automatic touchline bans.
However, the FA case dish out retrospective punishment and is studying both Bankes’ report and the incident before deciding whether to issue any warnings or further charges.
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