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There were bizarre scenes at the end of the game after Chelsea’s frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
With only three games now left for Chelsea to play in the Premier League this season, a win for the Blues would have taken Maurizio Sarri’s side to third on the table as the top four fight nears its end. However, Chelsea couldn’t break down the defence of a stubborn Sean Dyche’s side despite having a mighty share of the possession.
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 assistant boss Ian Woan annoyed the Chelsea bench by pointing out whenever Sarri encroached on the visiting team’s technical area, while Burnley’s constant time-wasting kept frustrating Sarri as the game neared its end.
Towards the end of the game, 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.
Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola took the post-match press conference as Sarri was just too angry to speak to the press.
Zola explained: “He’s very frustrated, so he’d prefer not to come over here. 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.
“I think he’s been told something from their bench, but don’t ask me exactly what. I don’t want to go down that line, but we’ll see what we can do about that.
“I think there will be a follow [up] on that. Maurizio felt very unhappy. We understand it’s a football game. You say words because of the adrenalin, but he wasn’t particularly happy.”