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Burnley’s Ian Maatsen runs and pushes Blackpool’s Sonny Carey after lunge tackle

Burnley’s Ian Maatsen runs and pushes Blackpool’s Sonny Carey after the latter’s late lunge tackle with both players sent off.

The two sides played out an absolute thriller at Turf Moor and it was Vincent Kompany’s side who came flying in the first half or proceedings.

Burnley stormed into a 2-0 lead after just 11 minutes, Josh Brownhill and Nathan Tella bagging brilliant goals for the hosts.

Blackpool fought back 10 minutes later thanks to Theo Corbeanu, however Tella was on hand to get his second of the game shortly after to make it 3-1 and restore the Clarets’ two-goal advantage.

In a hugely eventful second half, Blackpool hit back, Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates producing two strikes in the space of two minutes.

With five minutes left of the 90, Ian Maatsen – who is currently on loan at Burnley from Chelsea – and Sonny Carey were both shown straight red cards.

Maatsen was raging at a late tackle on him from Carey, so decided to charge at his opponent before taking him down from behind as hard as he possibly could.

Kompany spoke with Maatsen and wants the Chelsea loanee to learn a lesson from the dismissal, but his major gripe was with Carey’s challenge.

“It’s shame because it’s an important player, and it’s a conversation I have with him because he’s young,” said Kompany. “But he’s the one who got absolutely booted off the pitch at shin height.

“But it’s to recognise in those moments we have to take every advantage we can and take one for the team and we continue with 11. It’s going to happen to him again, because he’s a good player and he’ll have to manage that.

“I think you are allowed a reaction but when you start putting hands on people you are asking for trouble. But I want to make absolutely clear that he is the one that got booted off the pitch.

“What he (Maatsen) did was not dangerous, it was an error of a young player and a mistake in terms of game management. You have to know that might happen and he goes off, you stay on and you show you are a better player by scoring a goal or getting an assist.”

Michael Appleton said he understood what Sonny Carey was trying to do during the moment that caused him to be shown a straight red card during Blackpool’s Championship draw against Burnley.

When asked about the red cards after the game, Appleton told The Gazette: “I genuinely haven’t seen it back yet, so I will make my proper thoughts on it once I do.

“I see what Sonny is trying to do, he’s trying to stop their momentum and their counter-attack. It probably sounded worse than what it was.

“I was just joking in the dressing room that I’ve not seen Sonny make a tackle in the 10 weeks I’ve been here at the football club, whether it’s in training or in a game.

“He’s not that type of lad, he’s not a cynical player in any way, shape or form.

“It could have gone either way but I suppose the reaction of their player helped us a little bit because it could have quite easily been 11 v 10.”

Fans gave their thoughts as Burnley’s Ian Maatsen runs and pushes Blackpool’s Sonny Carey after a lunge tackle, footage of it getting over 2 million views…

@Slingy106: Games gone soft

@ClaretLiamUTC: Not a red for me.

@CiaranPreston1: Both yellows imo. But if one was getting sent off, so should the other.

@HiggyClaret1234: Shouldn’t have done it but was an awful tackle from the Blackpool player.

@jack_warner13: Maatsen should be getting the stick today! Ridiculous actions and the way he walked of the pitch, I don’t want that at our club! Hopefully it’s a lesson because all he had to do was take the foul and it’s 11 men v 10

@DanHoward69: How’s that a Red for Carey, cynical foul yes but defo not a red. Reaction was a red tho!

@JordanMayteee: Doesn’t go for the ball but it’s a yellow at worst. Ridiculous reaction from Maatsen.

@DeclanWelch: That is literally one of the most obvious red car offences I’ve ever seen. Looking at the player and doesn’t even kick his foot out untill the ball is beyond them both.

@ClaretXtra: Unsure how you could possibly see this as anything but a red. Both feet above the ground with no intention of playing the ball. #TwitterClarets

@TurfCastPodcast: Clear red, dangerous play. Both players got exactly what they deserved.

@doody_mark: @EFL no excuse for maatsen here, must be called before a misconduct panel. This deserves far longer ban than standard 3 matches for violent conduct. Need to send a message 6 game minimum ban.

@fingaldinz: God I fucking love Maatsen 😂😂

@TomUpto94934917: Maatsen 😂😭, what’s he playing at?

@tomwickham37: 🤣🤣🤣🤣 so much time for it

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