After getting an FA charge for his comments during Everton’s defeat to Liverpool last month, Frank Lampard has reacted for the first time.
Frank Lampard has responded to his FA charge and also addressed Richarlison’s predicament following his goal celebration with a flare last weekend.
The FA had charged the Everton manager earlier this week in relation to statements he made following the Merseyside derby last month, according to reports.
Lampard was visibly annoyed after the game that his team had not been awarded a penalty when Joel Matip seemed to bump Anthony Gordon in the box. He also suggested that it would have been given at the other end of the pitch.
Lampard said on Friday May 6, that he can’t say much at this point because he doesn’t have until Monday to answer to his charge. He did, however, make it clear what his aims are in situations like this.
In his pre-Leicester City press conference, he said: “It’s an emotional game, isn’t it? My first job is to protect Everton Football Club for the players, for the club itself and for the fans.
“I can’t talk about it. I’ve got to reply to the FA and at this point I can’t speak more about it.”
Richarlison has also been the focus of debate this week following his celebration after scoring the only winning goal against Chelsea at Goodison Park last Sunday.
The Brazil international grabbed a flare that had been thrown onto the pitch and tossed it near the huge screen, which is located between Gwladys Street and the Main Stand, where no fans are seated.
However, Merseyside Police said earlier this week that they were looking into the matter. Lampard had little to say about the matter because the club was cooperating closely with the police at this point.
He continued: “It’s another one I can’t go in to. It’s being looked at by the police at the moment and we as a club are doing everything we can to communicate with them as well as we can.”