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Norwich City defender Leon Barnett admits FA charge

Norwich 0-2 Portsmouth

Norwich 0-2 Portsmouth

Norwich City defender Leon Barnett has admitted to a charge of improper conduct by the Football Association after Saturday's defeat by Portsmouth.

Barnett, 25, threw the ball at referee Simon Hooper after receiving a second yellow card in the Championship clash.

The on-loan West Brom centre-half has requested a personal hearing with the Football Disciplinary Commission which will take place on 22 December.

He also issued an apology for his actions on the club's website.

"I went in straight after the game to the referee and the gaffer to say sorry for my actions," he said.

"I knew immediately that what I did was wrong.

"What happened was out of character for me and I wanted to apologise for doing what I did."

Barnett is already set to miss the weekend's trip to Coventry for the sending off but will now have to wait before knowing the full extent of his punishment.

The defender is set to turn his loan switch from West Brom into a permanent move in January.

Meanwhile midfielder Simon Lappin, who has been filling in at left-back recently, says the team were frustrated by their defeat by Pompey.

Despite creating a number of chances, the Canaries failed to find the back of the net at Carrow Road.

Lappin told BBC Radio Norfolk: "Frustrated is an understatement. We've been excellent but if you don't take your chances, things can come back to haunt you."

Despite the defeat, Norwich remain sixth in the Championship table, eight points behind leaders QPR.

As long as we keep playing like that we've got nothing to worry about. We'll go to Coventry next week and play the same way

Norwich City midfielder Simon Lappin

"You just think it's one of those days," said Lappin playing left-back due to injuries to Adam Drury and Steven Smith.

"The manager has asked me to play there and I'll do it to the best of my ability. I give it my all no matter where I'm playing - I always do.

"As long as we keep playing like that we've got nothing to worry about. We'll go to Coventry next week and play the same way."

Grant Holt will be available after serving his one-match ban but Norwich could be in more defensive trouble if Lappin receives another caution: he is already on four for the season, one short of a one-match ban.

"You cant think about it. If you do it might take away a bit of your edge. It's part and parcel of football," he said.



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