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    Chelsea 1 - 1 Burnley

    Chelsea were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Burnley on Saturday after an ill-tempered affair which saw Nemanja Matic see red. 

    The table-toppers took a 14th minute lead with Branislav Ivanovic scoring his fourth goal in six outings. 

    An Ivanovic effort from outside the area hit Michael Kightly’s flailing arm and Diego Costa was bundled over by Jason Shackell as the Blues had two first-half penalties turned down. Serbian international Matic received his marching orders after shoving striker Ashley Barnes to the ground and Burnley defender Ben Mee made sure the points were shared with a late equaliser. 

    Midfielder Matic was livid with Barnes’ tackle whereby the Burnley man did win the ball but clearly followed through with his studs showing in a robust challenge.

    Despite being hurt by the challenge – Matic soon resumed to his feet and channelled his anger out on Barnes by shoving him to the ground as John Terry and Kurt Zouma intervened. 

    Referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in showing the red card and Burnley made their man advantage count after Mee scored from a Kieran Trippier cross. It nearly got worse for Chelsea as Danny Ings shot high and wide in the closing moments. 

    Summer signing Matic is set to miss next weekend’s League Cup final against Tottenham and league games against West Ham and Southampton. 

    After Ivanovic’s early strike it looked like it would be a routine and premeditated victory for Jose Mourinho’s side. New winter edition Juan Cuadrado regained position and fed winger Eden Hazard who waltzed past two Burnley defenders before pulling the ball back for Ivanovic to slot home.

    The early goal appeared to set Chelsea on their way but two controversial moments directed attention firmly to the man in black – Atkinson. First of all, Ivanovic was seeking his second goal when his fierce shot clearly struck the back of Kightly’s arm.

    Atkinson was no more than ten yards away with a clear view of the incident but did not flinch and allowed play to continue.  

    Top scorer Costa found himself advancing on goal as Burnley gave away possession far too cheaply. The Spanish international cut inside Shackell and the defender pushed Costa to the ground with Atkinson in a very good position to award a spot kick. 

    Costa furiously punched the ground in frustration as Atkinson once again waved play on to Mourinho and the home crowd’s displeasure. The decisions proved costly as Sean Dyce’s side earned a valuable point with Mee’s late header – his second goal in three years. An angry Jose Mourinho vented his frustrations at the “criminal” challenge from Barnes."It could be the end of Matic's career. A criminal tackle. Matic is a very lucky guy," Mourinho said.

    The former Real Madrid and Inter defended Matic’s push on Barnes.

    "Football is about emotions and clearly Nemanja Matic had a reason to lose his emotions," Mourinho said.

    "What are the consequences of his push? Nothing. The consequence for Matic from the tackle? It could be the end of his career.

    "If you call Diego Costa's actions against Liverpool a crime, the minimum you have to say is this is a criminal tackle."

    The Clarets remain in 18th place and Chelsea stay on top after what has proved a difficult week for the west Londoners. A 1-1 draw with PSG was marred after amateur footage showed a group of Chelsea fans stopping a black man boarding a metro train and chanting racist obscenities prior to the game. 

    Player ratings

    Chelsea: Courtois (7) Ivanovic (8), Zouma (7), Terry (7), Filipe Luis (7); Matic (7), Fabregas (6); Cuadrado (6), Oscar (6), Hazard (9); Diego Costa (7)

    Subs: Ramires (6), Drogba (6), Willian (6)

    Burnley: Heaton (7); Trippier (7), Shackell (8), Keane (7), Mee (7); Boyd (7), Jones (6), Arfield (6), Kightly (6); Barnes (7), Ings (7)

    Subs: Vokes (6)

    Man of the match: Eden Hazard
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    Item Reviewed: Chelsea 1 - 1 Burnley Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Arun Gray
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