Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v C Palace

Thursday, 01 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 0 S'land

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Lambert ups ante on racists

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert would support his players if they walked off the pitch in protest at racist abuse.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 09:03 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: 'The punishment is never strong enough'

Paul Lambert: 'The punishment is never strong enough'

The issue hit the headlines again after Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure claimed he was targeted by CSKA Moscow in Russia.

Lambert believes more needs to be done by authorities to curb such behaviour - but would back his players if they took direct action.

He said: "A lad from AC Milan (Kevin-Prince Boateng) walked off during a friendly, didn't he?

"I think the players followed him off. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had Manchester City walked off in a game of that magnitude.

"If it had been Villa...there's still no place for it and if my players had done it, I would have backed them. No matter whether we were winning, drawing or losing at the time. There's no place for it.

"I think that if someone draws a line under it and says, 'Right, this is what's going to happen'... If you take that stance and say, 'This is what we are going to do if it happens again', everyone will follow it.

"There's no place for it in society, let alone in a football stadium.

"We keep hearing that the authorities are going to do X, Y or Z and punish these people.

"The punishment is never strong enough. There's never been one massive statement made.

"There's never been anything to make people stop and think, 'Oh, well we can't do that'. It's always been little things - never a proper statement to eradicate it.

"It has to be being hit with a massive punishment - whether that's finance or you ban a club from playing in Europe. I think it's got to be a bigger hit."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Popovic would be free to leave current club for Crystal Palace job

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not stand in Tony Popovic's way if Crystal Palace approach him.

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Sky sources: Newcastle 'disappointed' over Alan Pardew link to Crystal Palace

Newcastle are disappointed at the timing of the speculation linking their manager Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property