Dyche bemoans 'bizarre' decisions given against Burnley in Leeds loss

‘I have NO clue where the game is at’: Furious Sean Dyche bemoans ‘bizarre’ refereeing decisions during Burnley’s defeat against Leeds… and claims officials are under ‘pressure to give penalties’

  • Burnley lost 1-0 to Leeds with two controversial decisions going against them 
  • Patrick Bamford scored a disputed penalty before Clarets had a goal ruled out 
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche railed against officials in an extraordinary rant 

Sean Dyche launched into a furious post-match rant after two controversial decisions in Burnley’s 1-0 Premier League defeat against Leeds.

The Burnley boss saw his side lose at Elland Road with a goal from a disputed penalty, before being denied a goal later in the first half.

In a match of two contrasting styles, Burnley’s direct aerial play against Leeds’ passing setup, Dyche was continually frustrated with what he felt was overzealous refereeing.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (centre) railed at the officials after a 1-0 loss to Leeds at Elland Road

He railed against the officials for the two big incidents, including the decision to award the Patrick Bamford penalty, which was the only goal of the game.

He said after the match: ‘We’re frustrated with the penalty against us, which sets the tone for the general performance of the officials. It’s a shame for the players, I feel for them because it becomes a game of refereeing decisions. It’s hard to take for my players after the effort they put in.

‘I have no clue (on the penalty). We know there’s a directive to give more penalties, that’s obvious, because we’ve seen how many more have been given. We know we don’t get penalties, you’re more than welcome to have a look – we’re standing at about one every 24 games. 

Five minutes in, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was adjudged to have fouled Patrick Bamford

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier appeared to clatter into Burnley defender Ben Mee (centre)

Ashley Barnes put the loose ball in but referee Rob Jones had already given a foul against Mee

‘When a ‘keeper clearly – and I’ve seen it back several times from many different angles – clearly wins the ball with his shin. So there’s a clear directive to give more penalties but that’s not right because it’s a save. 

‘When we’ve seen it takes two minutes to make the simplest VAR decisions, we ask for simple decisions and lo and behold one comes against us and it’s a wrong simple decision so very, very frustrated with that.’

The Clarets are now in 17th, just one place above Fulham in the relegation zone, albeit having played one game fewer.

And Dyche bemoaned that he does not understand the physical side of the game any more.

Meslier kept a clean sheet but was perhaps lucky not to have conceded a penalty for his foul

He added: ‘Football’s in such a strange place, I’ve talked about it for years now. The ‘keeper goes through with his knee in Ben Mee’s back, Ben Mee has got nothing other than eyes for the ball, that’s all he’s concentrating on.

‘It drops, the referee doesn’t even give it a chance to see what happens, because it’s not a foul. It’s impossible it can be a foul when he’s just trying to head the ball. We knock it in, he’s already given the foul and it’s not a penalty. 

‘If you do that in the middle of the pitch – as an ex-centre half – if you put your knee in someone’s back like that when they’re trying to head the ball, you’re not only giving a foul away, you’re going to get booked. I have no clue physically where the game’s at, at the moment. 

‘It’s bizarre. That’s a bizarre incident, simply because our centre half is just trying to head the ball, he’s not even looking at anything near their ‘keeper. You can’t just run and jump and knee someone in the back. Just because he drops it, it’s still a knee in the back. Of course, very aggrieved by that because those moments are important.’ 

Leeds 1-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche rant

‘We’re frustrated with the penalty against us, which sets the tone for the general performance of the officials. It’s a shame for the players, I feel for them because it becomes a game of refereeing decisions. It’s hard to take for my players after the effort they put in.

‘I have no clue (on the penalty). We know there’s a directive to give more penalties, that’s obvious, because we’ve seen how many more have been given. We know we don’t get penalties, you’re more than welcome to have a look – we’re standing at about one every 24 games.

‘When a ‘keeper clearly – and I’ve seen it back several times from many different angles – clearly wins the ball with his shin. So there’s a clear directive to give more penalties but that’s not right because it’s a save.

‘When we’ve seen it takes two minutes to make the simplest VAR decisions, we ask for simple decisions and lo and behold one comes against us and it’s a wrong simple decision so very, very frustrated with that.

‘Football’s in such a strange place, I’ve talked about it for years now. The ‘keeper goes through with his knee in Ben Mee’s back, Ben Mee has got nothing other than eyes for the ball, that’s all he’s concentrating on.

‘It drops, the referee doesn’t even give it a chance to see what happens, because it’s not a foul. It’s impossible it can be a foul when he’s just trying to head the ball. We knock it in, he’s already given the foul and it’s not a penalty. 

‘If you do that in the middle of the pitch – as an ex-centre half – if you put your knee in someone’s back like that when they’re trying to head the ball, you’re not only giving a foul away, you’re going to get booked. I have no clue physically where the game’s at, at the moment. 

‘It’s bizarre. That’s a bizarre incident, simply because our centre half is just trying to head the ball, he’s not even looking at anything near their ‘keeper. You can’t just run and jump and knee someone in the back. Just because he drops it, it’s still a knee in the back. Of course, very aggrieved by that because those moments are important.’ 




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