Soccer

Vincent Kompany charged by the FA for touchline protests towards referee

The Belgian disagreed with Darren England’s decision to award a penalty for Lorenz Assignon’s foul on Mykhailo Mudryk in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Vincent Kompany showed his anger towards referee Darren England
Chelsea v Burnley – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Vincent Kompany showed his anger towards referee Darren England (Nigel French/PA)

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his side’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Tempers flared after referee Darren England awarded a penalty to the Blues in the 40th minute for Lorenz Assignon’s foul on Mykhailo Mudryk. The Burnley defender was also shown a second yellow card, forcing the Clarets to play the second half with 10 men.

Kompany was sent off for protesting on the touchline and afterwards expressed his opinion that officials have not been good enough throughout the season.

Lorenz Assignon was shown a second yellow for bring down Mudryk
Chelsea v Burnley – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Lorenz Assignon was shown a second yellow for bring down Mudryk (Nigel French/PA)

“I’ll keep saying what I think,” Kompany said.

“I’m not shying away from it and I’ve said it to the referees themselves, the officials, refereeing hasn’t been good enough this season.

“And I have said that in, I think, a constructive way, understanding as well the fact it’s not easy for them. The scrutiny is massive, the pressure is bigger than it’s ever been on the officials.

“I think the addition of VAR and more opinions and more officials doesn’t make it easy for them to do their jobs.

Kompany has until Friday to respond to the charge
Chelsea v Burnley – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Kompany has until Friday to respond to the charge (Zac Goodwin/PA)

“I haven’t got any issues with being fined. I just want it to be right.”

The FA announced on Wednesday that the Burnley boss has been charged with improper conduct.

A statement read: “It is alleged that the manager’s language and/or behaviour around the 40th minute was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting towards a match official and/or questioned their integrity.”

Kompany has until 6pm on Friday, April 5 to respond to the charge.