Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was incensed after he was repeatedly abused by members of Sean Dyche’s staff, leading to him losing his cool and eventually being sent off.
The Italian coach was reportedly subject to being called a ‘s**t Italian’ repeatedly by the Burnley bench, according to ESPN, and acted out at the end as he accosted fourth official Kevin Friend and was sent off for his troubles. Burnley coach Sean Dyche was said not to be involved in the abuse.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger then got involved in a scuffle with some members of the Burnley staff after the full time whistle had blown.
Tensions were flying high all night after Chelsea were left frustrated by a resolute Burnley, who often times resorted to time-wasting tactics to see out the 2-2 draw.
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The point takes them to the 40 point mark for the season, and virtually guarantees them survival, while Chelsea will rue dropping 2 points on a weekend where Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all lost.
Sarri didn’t attend the post match press conference later on, with his assistant Gianfranco Zola taking his place and explaining to the media that the Italian tactician was left offended by what had transpired.
“He’s very frustrated, so he’d prefer not to come over here,” Zola said. “He’s been sent off. I think he’s been offended as well, so he didn’t feel it was the right thing to do, to speak to you.”