Sean Dyche didn’t feel referee Simon Hooper was up to the standard expected in the Premier League with the Burnley boss aggrieved at a series of decisions in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Clarets were behind twice in a breathless encounter which ended with both sides collecting a point.
But the Turf boss felt his side were on the wrong end of a few calls from the man in the middle, notably the decision not to award a free kick, and a likely red card, to Palace’s Joachim Andersen for hauling down Chris Wood with the Clarets striker through on goal and the visiting defender the last man.
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Hooper, who was some way from the action, opted not to blow his whistle and the VAR team, led by Graham Scott, didn’t intervene.
“It is bizarre,” said Dyche after the match. “I am all for the game allowing some of the soft things and I think they are trying to find a better balance with the physicality in the game, sensible physicality of course.
“That is bizarre, I have seen it back, two hands across his chest and whoever is looking at that I have no clue how they can’t see he has brought him down.”
Dyche was also aggrieved that James Tarkowski collected a fifth yellow card of the season for trying to intervene when Wilf Zaha clashed with Matt Lowton.
The booking means the centre back will miss the game with Spurs next week, as will Ashley Westwood who was also carded.
“James Tarkowski getting booked, it is nearly impossible,” said Dyche. “He is trying to stop trouble and he ends up getting booked.
“He (Tarkowski) has been excellent and I can’t see what the referee is looking at. He has got hold of Zaha and is trying to stop him going at Matt Lowton and I have no clue how that ends up with a booking.”
Dyche was less than impressed with ref Hooper and also felt Maxwel Cornet could have had a first half penalty after a touch in the box, an incident the Clarets chief felt was similar to one on Wilf Zaha which was given outside the box at the other end.
“I think Maxwel has half a chance of a penalty when he pops it round the corner,” the Burnley boss added.
“I have seen that back, and the player pushed him in the chest.
“Zaha did that on the edge of our box and stumbled and went down before he has even let it go round the corner and he gets it so it is one of those things.
“I thought the referee had a quite game today, he wasn’t clear minded I didn’t think, and on another day you get them but we didn’t today.
“The referee had one of those games today, not to the level we would hope.”
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