Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has defended his fines system at the club, saying he is not a 'dictator' but needs the players to be disciplined.
This follows the emergence of his fines system into the public domain last week, generating an online debate on his tactics to instill discipline in the squad.
The disciplinary measures are mostly related to financial penalties, with some going as high as £20,000 for being late for training.
"I can understand it might sound harsh but it’s not harsh if you’re not late," he said as quoted by the club's official website.
"My only concern when that list came out was that it makes it sound like I’m trying to be Mr Tough Guy, which I’m not,"
"We spoke to the players, they were part of the process and I spoke to Cesar Azpilicueta as well to get his opinion so it was certainly a joint effort,"
"Discipline is an important thing. I want to be successful. I expect the players to look after each other on the pitch and when they train so I expect them to respect each other in terms of turning up,"
Former player and current technical and performance advisor Petr Cech supported Lampard's disciplinary measures, saying fines are nothing new at the club.
Here are the fines;
— £20,000 if you're late for training— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) November 12, 2019
— £500 for ever minute you're late for a team meeting
A list of fines Frank Lampard has implemented at Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/EyNTrGtdxW