LONDON – Several individuals on the Burnley bench ripped Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri by repeatedly calling him “s — Italian” before the touchline break that slipped Monday’s 2-2 competition between clubs at Stamford Bridge, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sarri was sent down the tunnel at the last minute of the match by Judge Kevin Friend and fourth official Roger East after losing his cool with members of Sean Dych’s backroom team, although the Burnley boss himself was not involved.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Sarri’s anger boiled over when he was labeled a “s-Italian” by several members of the visiting club and Chelsea’s head coach was so offended by what he had heard that the postmatch media task was delegated to his assistant Gianfranco Zola.
Details of the words that are exchanged between the two benches are expected to be included in the judge’s report, since East was able to hear everything and after the game Zola Suggeste d that Chelsea could ask the Football Association to take action against Burnley for what was said.
“He’s very frustrated, so he prefers not to come here,” said Zola about Sarri. “He has been turned off, I think he has also been offended, so he didn’t feel it was right to do, to talk to you.”
“I think he has heard something from his 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 it. [1
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