Sarri receives Chelsea’s first sending off of the season after being given marching orders late in Premier League clash with Burnley

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Sarri receives Chelsea's first sending off of the season after being given marching orders late in Premier League clash with Burnley



MAURIZIO SARRI got Chelsea’s first red card of the season as their top-four hopes suffered a double blow.
The Italian was given his marching orders from ref Kevin Friend following a bust-up between Mateo Kovacic and Burnley’s Jack Cork deep into injury-time.
Reuters Maurizio Sarri was given his marching orders by the ref at the end of Chelsea’s draw with Burnley
And both benches were involved in a shoving match at the final whistle before stewards stepped in.
The Blues will be sweating on the fitness of Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante ahead of Sunday’s visit to Manchester United and the Europa League semi-final first leg in Frankfurt next week.
Hudson-Odoi limped off just before the break and Kante — who scored the Blues’ 12th-minute equaliser — apparently suffered a rib injury and sat out the second half.
Chelsea’s point saw them leapfrog Arsenal into fourth — but the Gunners have a game in hand.
Jeff Hendrick struck a sweet eighth-minute volley but six minutes later Chelsea were in the lead.
Eden Hazard set up Kante from 12 yards with Gonzalo Higuain giving the home side the lead on 14 minutes.
Ten minutes later Ashley Barnes hit the equaliser.
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger was involved in the sideline shenanigans, while team-mate David Luiz had a spat with Ashley Westwood.
But Clarets boss Sean Dyche played it down and said: “Handbags, man bags, bum bags, some kind of bags was happening in the tunnel.
“You’ve got to think we are safe now. It’s now 28 points in 16 games after the tough start we had.

“You have to find a way of being competitive and I think we have done that.”
Keeper Tom Heaton told Sky Sports: “It was a massive point. We knew it would be a tough game.
“You could see how much it meant to the lads.”
Chelsea legend and Sky pundit Gus Poyet said: “Burnley maybe didn’t deserve it at times but that’s Burnley for you.”
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