Burnley manager Sean Dyche defends Barnes’ tackle on Matic

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has played down the row surrounding Clarets striker Ashley Barnes’ tackle on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, and insists it was merely a pass that he unfortunately followed through with, reports Sky Sports.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cited the incident as one of many poor refereeing decisions in the game, and replays suggested he may have had a case. Ashley Barnes followed through with a pass that caused Nemanja Matic’s leg to bed sideways due to the impact. The Serbian international wasn’t injured, but his immediate reaction was uncharacteristically aggressive, and he was sent off for shoving Barnes to the floor. There was no further punishment for Barnes.

Mourinho wanted justice for the tackle, and the London club have appealed Matic’s red card, but Burnley manager Sean Dyche has taken a different view on the incident. He feels the striker was unfortunate, but that the post-incident reaction of everyone – bar Matic – confirmed there was no malice in the challenge. Dyche feels the matter has been sensationalised due to Mourinho’s comments.

“No one reacts apart from Matic. When the camera pans back to Jose Mourinho and his assistant, they’re calmly talking about what they should do. After the event, with hindsight and camera views and slow-motion, now it’s been called a criminal tackle. With slow-motion, of course it looks an ugly challenge but the ball is made contact with and the motion of the player is at high speed.,” he said.

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