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Paul Lambert: Ipswich Town fans offer to pay manager's £3,000 fine

Paul Lambert was sent off at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town fans have offered to help manager Paul Lambert pay a £3,000 fine to the FA after he was charged with misconduct.

Lambert was sent off during the East Anglian Derby against Norwich City at Carrow Road earlier this month after both dugouts clashed just before half-time.

The Scot was subsequently fined £3,000 for his role in the brawl, and was also given a two-match touchline ban.

Following news of the punishment, Lambert said that he wouldn't be appealing because there was "no point" doing so.

A Town supporter has now set up a GoFundMe page to help Lambert pay the sanction without having to dip into his own pocket.

Lambert himself paid for some fans to travel to Blackburn Rovers earlier in the season.

Ipswich drew their last game against Stoke City. Credit: PA

Lambert's ban means he will be in the stands for Saturday's game at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic.

Wigan would go 17 points clear of Ipswich with a win, but victory for Town would close the gap to 11 points.

Meanwhile, table-topping Norwich City have influential midfielder Moritz Leitner back in contention after injury for their clash against in-form Bristol City at Carrow Road.

The Robins have won their last seven league games which has seen them move into the play-off positions.

This weekend's other fixtures

  • Accrington Stanley v Southend United
  • Peterborough United v Shrewsbury Town
  • Luton Town v Coventry City (Sunday)
  • Colchester United v Carlisle United
  • MK Dons v Newport County
  • Stevenage v Northampton Town
  • Yeovil Town v Cambridge United