Chelsea boss Sarri fined by FA after being sent off against Burnley
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been fined by the FA after admitting a misconduct charge after being sent off in the 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Sarri has been fined £8,000 and accepted the standard penalty after being sent from the dugout as his frustration boiled over in injury time.
The former Napoli boss didn't fulfil his post-match press duties, with his assistant Gianfranco Zola claiming Sarri was “frustrated” and “offended”.
ESPN FC reported that Sarri - who entered Burnley’s technical area on numerous times, and wandered up and down the touchline - was called a "s*** Italian" by several Clarets staff on the bench, not including boss Sean Dyche.
Zola said: "He's very frustrated, so he'd prefer not to come over here.
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“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.
"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 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."
After the game Dyche laughed off any confrontation, saying it was: hand bags, man bags, bum bags, I don’t know what you’re allowed to call it without offending anyone anymore.
“I don’t think anything of it.
“We are allowed to get a point every now and again at these places...”
But Dyche explained he had spoken to Zola about Sarri repeatedly making his way into Burnley’s technical area: "He said at half-time he is not quite getting it.
"I said he was going over into my box. He just said he didn't quite get the reality of it -- they're bigger in Italy. Okay. He's been here a while, mind. I said fine and accepted it."
When asked about the exchange between the benches, with assistant Ian Woan involved, Dyche said: "I don't think the coaches' language skills are that good. It wouldn't have been a deep conversation. Woany's from the Wirral!”