Norwich City boss Lambert backs Dalglish
Paul Lambert yesterday added his voice to a growing list of Premier League managers critical of the FA's perceived double standards over disciplinary issues.
Liverpool chief Kenny Dalglish earlier this week labelled the FA's decision to successfully overturn Wayne Rooney's three-game suspension from next summer's European Championships 'strange' in light of the governing body's stance on domestic punishments.
Dalglish insisted Rooney's offence in England's qualifier against Montenegro would have carried an automatic three-match suspension under the FA's own guidelines applied to the English game.
'I agree,' said Lambert. 'I think Kenny is spot on, because if you are doing that and then getting players off then I am pretty sure if you are a Premier League club who had a player sent off you will look to do the same. Whether they have made a rod or not, I don't know, but if you are fighting to overturn it, as they did in that case, then from my own point of view I would probably appeal for absolutely everything. You might not get it, but you would try it.'
Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes Dalglish is well within his rights to highlight the FA's stance over Rooney.
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'I totally agree with him,' he said. 'It is not as if it was a 50-50 challenge or it was mistimed; he (Rooney) has actually booted someone from behind. It would be interesting to see if a player from an English club actually went and appealed on a similar incident what the FA would have done – I think that is the point Kenny is trying to make. I don't think it would have been rescinded. I don't think it sets a precedent, but it is almost a situation where they (the FA) have worked the system and the system has worked for them.'
The FA have since issued a statement clarifying the governing body's stance.
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It read: 'To promote speed and consistency, stakeholders in England agreed a standard formula encompassing a fixed penalty sanction should be applied across the game by the FA. Uefa chooses to operate a different process for European matches, based on a sliding scale, under which each sanction is determined individually by a disciplinary panel. This process meets the demands of Uefa football where the period between fixtures is greater than the domestic game.'