David Luiz was furious with both Burnley and referee Kevin Friend following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Sean Dyche’s side on Monday evening, labelling the Clarets’ performance as “anti-football.”

Tempers flared towards the end of the game after a number incidents resulted in Maurizio Sarri being sent to the stands, with Luiz and Ashley Barnes also involved, as Burnley frustrated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

And speaking to the club’s official website after the game, Luiz revealed his anger with the officials and the away side’s performance.

When the referee is not there to try to check what we have to do on the pitch it is difficult. They [Burnley] were trying to lose time all the time, from the first minute of the first half and it is anti-football.

Warren Little/Getty Images Sport

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was booked in the first half for time-wasting, while a number of Clarets’ went down to receive treatment for cramp towards the end of the game.

Luiz believes Dyche’s side were taking advantage of the referee stopping the game continuously, and revealed he tried to speak to Friend during the match before being laughed away.

I think it is the first time I’ve done that because it is difficult because when you see a referee even laugh in your face when you try to speak with him in a respectful way, it is not nice.

Warren Little/Getty Images Sport

When I was trying to speak with him he was never looking in my eyes and he was not trying to listen, he just said I don’t want to listen to you, shut up and play the game.


Chelsea vs Burnley in pictures