Sean Dyche angry at slow response to pitch invader

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 24, 2017

The two sides are derby rivals, and Cork was jubilant as he scored the opener for the visitors.

Pictures emerged of the fan with his hand to Ashley Westwood's throat before he was tackled to the ground by the Clarets midfielder.

There has been a history of violence between Blackburn and Burnley fans over many years and the streets around Ewood Park were heavily policed before the game.

A flare was lit in the Burnley end soon after Cork's opener in the Carabao Cup clash.

"Now there's all kinds of different things going on in the world and on a football pitch it has to be stopped very quickly - that's not just this football club, I have to make that absolutely clear, that's across then board, any sporting situation".

Clarets boss Dyche said: "There used to be a time when if people got on a football pitch it was kind of in jest, it could nearly be laughed at".

"The job for everybody at this football club is to put this club back on a level with them so we can get to the point where we can compete with them".

"Our players eventually have to defend themselves and that can't be right anywhere in football, that can't be right", added the Burnley boss who said that he and has staff were close to entering the field to help. We were going to go on because I can't have that. Not to do anything ridiculous just to say "this can't happen".

"To think you go to the extreme [of escorting fans] and then someone just wanders onto a football pitch is a bit freakish at least", added Dyche.

The Burnley manager also questioned the response of the stewards when the fans confronted his players as they celebrated the opening goal of their victory. "The safety of players is paramount".

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