Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts FA fine but refuses to reveal what Burnley staff said to him during Premier League draw


Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea manager accepts FA fine but refuses to reveal what Burnley staff said to him during Premier League draw

Maurizio Sarri has accepted being hit with a fine for his actions during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley – but he refused to reveal what was said to him by a member of the Clarets’ backroom staff.

The Italian must pay £8,000 as punishment for straying out of his technical area in Monday’s Premier League encounter, which was marred by unsavoury scenes involving both teams.

Sarri was ordered down the Stamford Bridge tunnel by the matchday officials

Antonio Rudiger clashed with Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer, David Luiz squared up to Clarets midfielder Ashley Westwood, and Sarri was left angry with abuse he received from the visiting coaching staff.

But now Sarri insists there was no malice in any of the abuse, and Chelsea and Burnley have spoken across the week and agreed to draw a line under the matter.

The former Napoli boss refused to confirm what had been said to lead to his anger, however, after reports claimed he was repeatedly called a ‘s*** Italian’ by members of Sean Dyche’s backroom staff.

“Oh in my career I made a lot of mistakes on the pitch, so I can understand very well under pressure you can say something you don’t think,” said Sarri.

“And I think that it was a strong discussion but my opinion has to remain on the pitch.”