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Insults from Burnley officials sparked row

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Burnley officials repeatedly called Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri “s— Italian” prior to the scuffle that ensued in Monday’s 2-2 draw, according to sources from ESPN FC.

Sarri was sent down the tunnel in the closing minutes for losing his temper with Burnley’s backroom team.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Sarri’s anger was uncontrollable when he was branded a “s— Italian” to the extent he avoided postmatch media duties.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: The Referee Kevin Friend sends Maurizio Sarri manager of Chelsea off during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Burnley FC at Stamford Bridge on April 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

However, the Blues assistant manager Zola suggested that Chelsea could ask the Football Association to take action against Burnley for what was said.

“He’s very frustrated, so he’d prefer not to come over here,” Zola said of Sarri. “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 [up] 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.”

Up next for Chelsea is a difficult away tie against Man United at Old Trafford on Sunday.