When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Dyche calls for review of rules following red card for Burnley keeper
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche has called for a review of the rules after goalkeeper Tom Heaton was the victim of a contentious second yellow card.
The Clarets stopper will miss tomorrow night's Capital One Cup second round tie with Preston North End through suspension following his second half sending off in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Brighton.
Burnley have no grounds to appeal the ban because Heaton was dismissed through two bookings.
The 27-year-old was first cautioned for a first-half trip on Will Buckley outside the area, after being sold short by Kevin Long's header.
The second came after a mistake in trying to throw the ball out to Kieran Trippier. Will Buckley admitted to heading the ball before Heaton reclaimed it, but referee Darren Sheldrake failed to spot Buckley's touch and reduced Burnley to 10 men.
Dyche disputed the decision, adding that Heaton should be allowed the option to clear his name.
“We can't appeal it because it's two yellows.
“Possibly that needs looking at because that incident is a bizarre one,” said the Burnley boss, who assessed footage of the incidents of his side's first defeat of the season, and spoke with match official Sheldrake before attending his post-match press conference.
“Before I came to see you (the media) I thought it was fair to get his (the referee's) definition (for the second yellow card).
“He said it was in lieu of unsporting behaviour, throwing the ball up in the air and then catching it again and stopping their player from then being able to touch the ball and attack the goal.
“I asked him if he saw the player impeding our keeper from the very off when Tom caught it to run out of the box to play.
“Will Buckley, who we had at Watford, it's not his bag getting involved in that rough stuff but he tries to pull Tom and chase him down, tries to get in the way of his throw.
“Tom loses it in the wet and Will Buckley actually heads it and then Tom collects. So therefore, obviously, the rule changes.
“The tough side of it is a referee gets one chance to look at it. My only gripe after the decision was how quick it was given.
“I just suggested to the ref there was a moment when I felt he could have used that time, not run over so quickly and got his card out, he could look to the linesman who didn't give it, and just catch eyes with him.
“I think if he'd have done that there would have been a different outcome, possibly allowing us to get a different outcome.”
Dyche added: “I believe Will clarified to our lads that he had touched it.
“We have our gripes about referees, but it's a tough job and you only get one chance to look at it. That's why I think, in my opinion, linesmen could have been used more wisely on events like today.”
However, Dyche agreed with Sheldrake's assessment with Heaton's initial booking.
Brighton felt the goalkeeper should have received a straight red for bringing down Buckley just before the break.
But with captain Jason Shackell in line with the incident, and Buckley veering away from goal, Dyche said a booking was fair.
“Not by the feel of the game, but by the rules of the game - denying a goalscoring opportunity.
“He (Heaton) has got a covering defender, he (Buckley) is on the angle going away from the goalscoring V,” said the Burnley boss.
“I do believe the referee's got that right.
“People's opinions will vary but the facts are the facts.”
Asked if he expected to see a red card at that point, Dyche added: “No, but you never know.
“There is still is a decision to be made, whether he saw it clearly or not.
“I think he did and stood strong by the decision, that's why I was so surprised with the second decision because he'd made a big, brave decision and he was very instant with the second decision.”
Dyche explained he asked Sheldrake if he had been influenced by the first incident in rec-carding Heaton.
“He said no. I can take him at his word,” the Burnley boss explained.
Alex Cisak came off the bench to make his Clarets debut in goal and is set to start against Preston tomorrow night.
Comments are closed on this article.