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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was clearly incensed at the end of the 2-2 draw involving Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
There were bizarre scenes leading to the tunnel at the end of the game after Chelsea’s frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
A melee erupted at the referee’s final whistle as Antonio Rudiger who missed the game through injury was incensed at some members of Sean Dyche’s coaching staff.
According to reports, insults were hurled at the Chelsea boss from the Burnley bench which enraged Rudiger to the point that he wanted to fight.
Burnley’s constant time-wasting kept frustrating Maurizio Sarri as the game neared its end, and Sarri was sent off by referee Kevin Friend and fourth official Roger East, with ESPN reporting that he ‘lost his cool’ with members of Sean Dyche’s staff – though not the Burnley manager himself.
Rudiger lost his temper after the game due to the insults targeted at Sarri, and Chelsea goalkeeper coach Massimo Nenci and fitness coach Paolo Bertelli also got involved, and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer had to be restrained by the tunnel entrance.
In his post-match press conference, Burnley boss Sean Dyche made light of the incident and revealed that he didn’t really notice what went wrong after the game.
Sean Dyche said: “I was over clapping our fans, they’ve been amazing, it’s Bank Holiday Monday, we more or less filled it, the club made a gesture as well, which is great, by the time I turned round, there was something going off on the edge of the pitch – I still haven’t worked out what – and I went down the tunnel and it was more of the same.
“In my day, hand bags, man bags, bum bags. I don’t think anything of it.
“We are allowed to get a point every now and again at these places.”
Sean Dyche was asked: What is your opinion on Sarri encroaching into your dug-out during the game?
The Burley boss responded: “I know Gianfranco (Zola) a little bit. He is a fantastic fella, he took over me from Watford and I have always got on with him and he said to me at half time that he (Sarri) is not quite getting it. I said ‘he keeps coming over into my thing. It wasn’t really bothering me but there has got to be a moment and he said that he does not quite get it, the reality of the technical area.
“Apparently in Italy they are a lot bigger. He has been here a while mind. I said fine so I accepted it. It wasn’t anything to do with us why he got sent off, that was him.”