Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert fined by FA for referee comment

Paul Lambert was upset that Aston Villa was not awarded a penalty against Chelsea in August.
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LONDON (AP) -- Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been fined 8,000 pounds ($12,500) by the Football Association after accusing a referee of bias toward Chelsea following a Premier League match between the teams last month.

Villa lost the game 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Aug. 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.''

The FA says in a statement released 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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