Premier League manager charged with misconduct after Chelsea match

Vincent Kompany criticised match officials following the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge

By Web Desk
April 03, 2024
Vincent Kompany protests on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge. — AFP/File

Premier League side Burnley’s head coach Vincent Kompany has been hit with a misconduct charge by the Football Association after he was sent off during a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Kompany, who has previously played Manchester City, was shown a red card by match referee Darren England for protesting over a decision penalty that ended in a red card for his player Lorenz Assignon.

Assignon’s foul on on Mykhailo Mudryk in the 40th minute gave Chelsea a penalty which Cole Palmer converted without any trouble. That was the defender’s second yellow card after which the visitors were down to 10 men.

Kompany expressed his dissatisfaction on the touchline during the match before lashing out at match officials saying they have not been “good enough”.

"I’ll keep saying what I think," Kompany said. "I’m not shying away from it and I’ve said it to the referees themselves, the officials, refereeing hasn’t been good enough this season.

"And I have said that in, I think, a constructive way, understanding as well the fact it’s not easy for them. The scrutiny is massive, and the pressure is bigger than it’s ever been on the officials.

"I think the addition of VAR and more opinions and more officials doesn’t make it easy for them to do their jobs.

"I haven’t got any issues with being fined. I just want it to be right."

The FA confirmed on Wednesday that Kompany is charged with improper conduct and will have until Friday to respond to the charge.

"It is alleged that the manager’s language and/or behaviour around the 40th minute was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting towards a match official and/or questioned their integrity,” the statement read.

Remember, six Burnley players have been shown red card in 30 league games this season, which is the highest for any team in the league. They are also 19th in the Premier League and are scheduled to take on Everton on Saturday.