FA charges Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri for misconduct
Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva
Elsewhere, the Italian tactician's assistant claims that the former Napoli gaffer was just instructing his players to stay back in the formation.
The Monday night kick off between Chelsea and Burnley turned ugly by the end of the game. Four first-half goals meant the match ended in a stalemate and in the urge of getting a winner, Sarri was seen around touchline instructing his players to fall back into position. And in the very next moment, he was sent off for the stoppage time.
His assistant, Gianfranco Zola said the decision was harsh as the head coach "was just trying to tell our players to get in position".
The official statement read, "Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday's (22/04/2019) Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley."
"The Chelsea manager has until 18:00 on Friday (26/04/2019) to provide a response."
Although allegations are up against the Burnley bench where referee Kevin Friend is understood to have received a complaint over claims of racial abuse directed by members of Burnley's backroom staff towards Sarri.
I’m told Sarri was riled by multiple individuals on the Burnley bench repeatedly calling him “Shit Italian” prior to his sending off & the touchline brawl between the clubs at FT.— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) April 23, 2019
Full @ESPNFC story here https://t.co/PCSABxcfbR #cfc
The alleged abuse aimed at Sarri was included in Friend's report in a tense fixture where David Luiz squared up to Ashley Westwood during a tunnel melee at full-time.
Chelsea have a difficult round of fixtures up ahead with a trip away to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and then another trip to Germany for the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
They sit at the fourth position with Arsenal and Manchester United lurking behind them to take the last possible spot for the UEFA Champions League for next season.
Published: Wed Apr 24, 2019 06:09 PM IST