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Watch the brawl that led to Paul Lambert being sent off on dramatic return to Norwich with Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 13:13 10 February 2019 | UPDATED: 20:29 10 February 2019

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert was sent off just before half-time after a touchline brawl on derby day. Picture: SKY SPORTS

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert was sent off just before half-time after a touchline brawl on derby day. Picture: SKY SPORTS

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Paul Lambert was shown a red card just minutes before the break in a dramatic end to the first half of the East Anglian Derby.

Paul Lambert is restrained by a Policeman just before half-time Picture PagepixPaul Lambert is restrained by a Policeman just before half-time Picture Pagepix

The Blues boss had to be restrained by stewards and police as he gestured towards the Norwich City bench before being shown a red card by referee Peter Bankes.

The incident was sparked by a strong Jon Nolan challenge which was punished by a yellow card.

But with the Norwich crowd and bench calling for a red, players came together and staff clashed on the touchline, resulting in Lambert’s red card after pushes and gestures towards the Norwich staff.

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Norwich’s head of performance, Chris Domogalla, was also shown a red card for his part in the melee before the two continued their frank discussion on the way down the tunnel.

The red cards came just seconds before the half-time break, with Norwich a goal up thanks to Onel Hernandez’s second-minute opener.

Teemu Pukki scored twice in the second half to ensure a 3-0 win for the hosts.

Reflecting on the incident after the game, Lambert said: “Listen, you know me, I ain’t going to stand there and watch players run 30 yards to get people booked.

Paul Lambert is in the Directors box after being sent off  just before half-time at Norwich Picture PagepixPaul Lambert is in the Directors box after being sent off just before half-time at Norwich Picture Pagepix

“I’m certainly not going to let somebody come into our technical area.

“I don’t even know who it was, I never even saw who it was, but I’m not letting him to come and provoke us.

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“I’ll stand my ground. Do I regret it? No I don’t. I’m certainly not going to have that.

Members of the two benches get involved in a fracas just before half-time at Norwich Picture PagepixMembers of the two benches get involved in a fracas just before half-time at Norwich Picture Pagepix

“It was a steward who was actually trying to put his hands on me, which I objected to. The police guy was great. He was totally fine and just trying to disperse it.

“As I said, I wasn’t just going to stand back and let somebody I didn’t know come in our technical area. I won’t have that.”


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