Burnley boss Sean Dyche has called for stronger sanctions for diving and said that players should “respect the game” after Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was booked for diving.
Chelsea ran out clear 4-2 winners in the end after a perfect hat-trick from Christian Pulisic, but another talking point occurred in the second half when referee Michael Oliver booked Hudson-Odoi for simulation.
After going down under the challenges of James Tarkowski and Matthew Lowton, Oliver initially gave a penalty but VAR overturned the decision and the England international received a yellow card.
When Dyche spoke about the incident, he said: “I can’t abide it. I don’t know why it’s in the game.
“We were told by the Premier League the worst you can get is a yellow card, so everyone has a chance to cheat once a game knowing they are not going to get sent off.
“It’s not about the player tonight – the greater good of the game. Because it’s shambolic how people just dive all over the place. I keep hearing this word respect. Respect the game. That is what people should be doing.
“They have got to do something more. To be clear, Chelsea were too strong for us, this is not to try to divert off it, it’s just something I feel passionately about. Get the players to behave properly. Just get them to play the game.”
Dyche said it was “worse” that a young player was involved, adding: “They are the future of the game.
“If they are diving now, you’ll have massive trouble in about five or 10 years’ time, because the game will be a farce. We didn’t used to accept it, but we do now.”