Ugly scenes at final whistle as Burnley win title at rivals Blackburn and Vincent Kompany breaks up confrontation
There were ugly scenes at Ewood Park as a scuffle broke out after Burnley secured the Championship title against Blackburn.
The Clarets had already won promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking with Vincent Kompany at the helm.
And Burnley fans were in dreamland to win the title at their biggest rivals when they beat Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park on Tuesday night with Manuel Benson scoring the only goal of the match.
But joyous scenes descended into chaos just moments after the final whistle was blown as the players went over the away fans to celebrate the victory.
As captain Jack Cork tried to make his way over, something must have irked the Blackburn players as they reacted violently towards the 33-year-old.
Several players pulled the midfielder over forcefully and a fracas broke out between stars and coaches.
It needed Kompany to dive into the middle of the scuffle to drag Cork out while coach Craig Bellamy had the ex-Swansea star around the neck.
Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson was also involved as tempers hit boiling point with neither side liking each other very much.
And that was also seen in the stands, where talkSPORT’s Micky Gray saw punches being thrown in the crowd.
The ex-Rovers star said: “The game was marred by trouble in the stands, to the left of the press box, when Burnley scored.
“Fists were thrown and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of that.
“As soon as the final whistle went, the Burnley supporters were all on their feet and the players ran across to celebrate.
“They’ve deserved this and have been absolutely outstanding in the Championship this season.”
Burnley’s win over Blackburn means it is mathematically impossible for second-placed Sheffield United to catch them, going 13 points clear while the Blades still have four games.
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— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 25, 2023
In truth, it was only a matter of time before the Turf Moor outfit were going to be crowned champions but it would have tasted sweeter coming at the home of their great rivals.
It means that Burnley are back in the Premier League at the first time of asking after getting relegated to the Championship last season.
And they have done so by largely changing their culture from a rigid and tough side to a more expansive and attractive style of football.
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