Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola in his post-match media briefing stated that they might report Burnley to FA. Zola alleged that Sarri was offended by Burnley bench.
Chelsea drew their home game against Burnley by 2-2. After conceding early Blues scored two quick goals that helped them take a lead against the Clarets. Ashley Barnes then scored in the 24th minute to equalize for Burnley.
Chelsea missed out on an opportunity to go third in the Premier League points table ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal. The game at Stamford Bridge ended with a scuffle on the pitch that saw many players getting involved.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was giving his marching orders by referee Kevin Friend in the last minute of the game. Sarri didn’t appear for his post-match media duties. Assistant manager Zola told media that Sarri was angry about something that was said to him by someone on Burnley bench.
Heart of the Matter
The game against Burnley ended with fractious scenes on the field. It involved many players from both sides and saw Kovacic being booked in the end. Sarri was also given his marching orders for coming out of his technical area multiple times.
The things also got heated when players and staff got into the tunnel after full time. Rudiger who missed the game due to injury was involved in the scenes. He appeared to be irritated by something.
Zola in his post-match briefing said,
“The reason [for Sarri not showing up after the game] is he’s very frustrated, so he’d prefer not to come over here,” Zola told a news conference.
“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 [the media].
“I know you wanted him, so I’m sorry, but you can understand. He’s frustrated at the game, frustrated at being sent off, and the other thing. He’d prefer not to come in.
“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. If Maurizio said that, probably it’s something that could have been avoided.”
It is believed Sarri was called “sh*t Italian” by someone on the Burnley bench.
Chelsea next face Manchester United on Sunday in an important fixture for the top-four race.