Aston Villa boss Lambert handed one-match ban by FA for 'improper conduct'

The 43-year-old must sit out the clash with Arsenal and pay an £8,000 fine following comments made in the aftermath of his side's 5-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert had been handed a one-match touchline ban and fined £8,000 following comments he made after his side’s defeat to Manchester City after admitting the Football Association charge.

The 43-year-old was charged with “improper conduct” in relation to “language and/or behaviour” in the aftermath of the 5-0 drubbing on Saturday.

Lambert accepted the penalty and will now sit out Villa’s forthcoming clash against Arsenal at Villa Park.

“Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted a breach of FA Rule E3,” an FA statement read.

“It relates to language and/or behaviour amounting to improper conduct following his side’s game at Manchester City on 17 November 2012.

“Lambert accepted the standard penalty for the charge and will now serve a one-match touchline ban to commence with immediate effect.

“He has also been fined £8,000.”

The loss to the Premier League champions dropped Villa into the relegation zone on goal difference after collecting his nine points from a possible 36 in their opening 12 games.