By Keith Hackett

12th Oct, 2021 | 12:09pm

Ex-Premier League referee hails Dyche as Burnley smash Premier League record

Keith Hackett has heaped praise on Sean Dyche and Burnley after they smashed the Premier League record for games without a red card.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee slammed the “preconceived ideas” around Burnley and insisted they reflected Dyche’s “discipline” and desire to play football.

The Athletic reported (October 5) the Clarets have now gone 100 games without receiving a red card.

That has smashed the previous Premier League record of 94 matches set by Ipswich Town.

“I think they’ve got a team built around a solid defence,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“On the odd occasion, I might have thought a red card was appropriate and it wasn’t applied.

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“But generally, I think that reputation they have is a dangerous one. It’s perception rather than reality and the game thrives on perception.

“The conversations in the pub are about how we would manage the team, how we would referee the game and ‘Oh look, we’ve got this referee, he’s useless.’ They are preconceived ideas rather than judging the game. The referee has to judge the games.

“It says the lot that a team like Burnley, or any other team has gone 100 games without a red card. It shows a thread of discipline that Sean Dyche has within the club and within the players. Credit to the club.

“The one thing about Burnley is they are disciplined, rarely do you see them in conflict with the referee. It’s a reflection of the manager, he wants them to play football.”

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