Dyche: Olympiacos didn't respect the officials

Sean Dyche (Getty Images)
Sean Dyche (Getty Images)

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 officials.

"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."

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