Vincent Kompany’s referee tirade revealed as he brands official ‘f—— cheat’


Burnley manager Vincent Kompany repeatedly branded Darren England “a f—— cheat” after the referee had awarded Chelsea a penalty in a fractious clash between the sides last month.

The furious Belgian hurled the insult at England “numerous” times and then again after walking on to the pitch before directing the slur at the referee for a final time as he was shown a red card for his behaviour in the first half of the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

An independent regulatory commission met on April 10 to rule on Kompany’s misconduct charge and now the Football Association has released the written reasons from the hearing after which the Burnley manager was given a two-game touchline ban and £10,000 fine. One of the games is suspended until the end of the year.

Kompany’s shocking tirade comes at a time when the treatment of match officials is in the spotlight after Nottingham Forest questioned the integrity of VAR Stuart Attwell in the wake of their 2-0 defeat at Everton.

James Bell, an assistant referee at Stamford Bridge for the March 30 game, lifted the lid on Kompany’s antics after England awarded Chelsea a penalty following a foul by Burnley’s Lorenz Assignon on Mykhailo Mudryk.

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