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Derby boss Lampard charged with improper conduct

Derby County Manager Frank Lampard exchanges words with the linesman, earning him a red card. Credit: PA

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) following his side's Championship weekend defeat to Rotherham.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder was sent from the dugout in the 77th minute of the Rams' 1-0 loss at the New York Stadium.

Lampard had left his technical area to complain about a decision and was swiftly dismissed by referee Peter Bankes.

Derby County were trailing at the time following a Ryan Manning penalty.

They were also down to 10 men Tom Lawrence was sent off for a late tackle on Richie Towell.

Referee Peter Bankes who red carded Derby County's Manager Frank Lampard. Credit: PA

A statement on the FA spokesperson Twitter account read: "Derby County manager Frank Lampard has been charged following the game against Rotherham United on Saturday.

"It is alleged that his behaviour in the 77th minute amounted to improper conduct."

Lampard has until 6pm on Thursday (September 20) to respond to the charge.

Lampard admitted after the game that he felt he was unfairly sent off.

He said: "I was upset with a handball. If those are the rules, managers will get sent off every game.

"I like communication with officials, but there was none of that. It wasn't a penalty. They got a soft one but we didn't get one."

"I didn't get a word from the ref. I need to go back to the rulebook myself because I do not want to be leaving the game.

– Frank Lampard, Derby County Manager