Cape Town - Burnley manager Sean Dyche cut a
frustrated figure after his charges were beaten 3-1 in the first leg of
their Europa League play-off against Olympiacos.
The first leg was played at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki in Greece on
Thursday night and saw the Clarets slump to defeat after Konstantinos
Fortounis bagged a brace and Andreas Bouchalakis also scored.
The Premier League outfit netted an important away goal thanks to a
penalty from Chris Wood, but overall Dyche was disappointed with the
defeat and especially the way the home team put pressure on the
"After the incident where they tried for a penalty, which wasn't a
penalty, I don't know how many people ran on the pitch and surrounded
the referee and the linesman and the officials," Dyche told the media
after the game.
"All I keep getting told is respect the officials with your conduct around the referee.
"The scenes I saw at half-time from all and sundry around the referee on their side. They were waiting for the referee."
Dyche was also annoyed that Ben Gibson was sent off for a handball on
the hour mark, which resulted in a penalty for the Greek side, as it
appeared to be accidental.
"You all saw the feel of the game was different in the second half. You're left scratching your head," he added.
"Then miraculously...when one of our players goes to block the ball,
it hits his hip then his hand, that's deemed a professional handball and
he's sent off!
"I feel for our fans, they've come a long way to see a balanced game
and haven't seen that. Hopefully next week will be more even."