We’re all a bit bored of the whole East Anglian derby fallout now, aren’t we?
Paul Lambert kicked off before getting himself sent off as his side were rolled over 3-0 at Carrow Road a couple of weeks ago. Both sets of players got involved in a couple of on-field melees, just before half-time and then again at the end of the game.
Both incidents were caused by late “tackles” on Norwich players by Ipswich players.
The fallout is that both clubs were fined. Norwich were fined £25k and Ipswich were fined £20k. When asked about the fine during his pre-Bristol City presser, Daniel Farke pointed out that the figure of £25k was more than the club paid for both Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki, while also suggesting that while perhaps it’s not a lot of money for a football club, a lot could be done for a charity or the community with £25k.
Paul Lambert was handed a £3k fine and a two match touchline ban, something that has incensed some Ipswich fans. So much so that two separate Go Fund Me pages have been set up by Town fans to try to raise the money to pay Lambert’s fine for him.
That is a proper “head’s gone” moment.
Raising money on an on-line platform more often used to raise money for real good causes, rather than paying small change fines for a millionaire football manager is just nuts.
So, in response to that, Norwich fan Jon Rogers aka @BigGrantHolt on Twitter, has set up a Justgiving.com fund raising page for the same amount to raise £3k for the Norfolk and Norwich Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – a worthy cause if ever I heard one.
All that Jon is asking is that City fans make a small contribution, and by that he’s saying that £1.00, yep a single £1 coin would be enough.
At the time of writing on Friday evening, the NICU page has raised £588.00 in only a matter of hours.
By contrast, the two Ipswich Town Go Fund Me pages have raised £65.00 between them.
I suspect that plenty of Ipswich fans will be highly embarrassed by this “Pay Lambert’s fine” nonsense.
So, if you’ve got a spare pound or two, then why not donate to this very worthy cause at the N&N.
Norwich City Fan's Do It Right.
Some ITFC fans want to pay £3k towards Paul Lambert's fine. Not fine.
How about us Norwich City fans do the same and help raise for a poorly baby at @NICUNNUH1 https://t.co/eKJ4arlRWH#NCFCDoItRight pic.twitter.com/fABFUjdtPc
— Jon Rogers (@BigGrantHolt) February 22, 2019
The target of £3,000 was reached overnight on Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th and it’s still rising.
Well done to all you lovely people that donated.