Dyche wants clampdown on simulation

Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to see Premier League officials clamp down on simulation, after a number of incidents angered him in his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City.

Swans widemen Mo Barrow and Jefferson Montero both went to ground under no contact whatsoever, and after Michael Keane was denied a clear penalty after Leroy Fer took a fistful of his shirt to prevent him scoring - the centre back not making a meal of the incident - Dyche called for parity of decisions.

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche


Burnley striker Sam Vokes was criticised last time out in the Premier League by Ruud Gullit for not going to ground to win a penalty, ironically against Swansea, and Dyche said: "We didn't get much going for us last time from decisions, and there was a big one today.

"Michael Keane got a header on the back post, from two yards, and he can't quite make it because the lad had quite obviously got hold of his shirt.

"We saw it, I don't know how the linesman can't see it, but it didn't get given again.

"I try and get my lads not to fall on the floor, which I think it's fair to say there was a number of them today, which were interesting to say the least.

"We try and do things properly. But it's harsh when you don't get those decisions, especially when it's a clear view from the linesman."

Dyche has been vocal before on simulation, not encouraging his players to go to ground, and he added: "You're damned if you don't, damned if you don't, we try and play fair, you don't get anything, we don't want to be falling on the floor, and then you don't get anything.

"I'm not enjoying that side of it, I spoke to the powers that be and asked 'are you going to bring in retrospective banning for cheating' - or simulation, sorry, you're not allowed to call it that anymore, I don't think they'll change it, but I'd like to see it changed because I don't want to see it, and don't want my kid to see it every week.

"I don't think the powers that be want to look into it too much, I don't know if that will change over time. It's something I'm very strong about, I try to get my team to play the right way, to respect everyone. But you have to respect the game and some of the moments of game management you could call very good from them, or you could say it was designed."

The league preaches fair play, and shirt pulling is one of the aspects referees are supposedly looking at this season, and Dyche doesn't want his players to have to make clear contact look more obvious to win decisions: "It's only because it's a fantastic league and a fantastic product, I've been in it before and want it to be that. I've got a lad who's 13, I go and watch his games and there are kids diving all over the place. I don't like it, I really don't.

"I was a defender, I wanted to play hard and fair. Gamesmanship we all know is different, if you get touched and go down in the box, fine.

"When people are going down with no contact, I don't know how you accept that.

"We're not new to it, we experienced it two years ago, so we'll have to hope the referees and linesmen are aware of the way we go about our business and give us decisions.

"The one on Keano. I don't know how that's not given. You see his shirt pulled from his body so far, people holding in the box, and it has to change.

"All we can ask for is partity, and today I'm a little bit aggrieved."