Newcastle United’s Dan Burn explains bust-up with Kai Havertz after Chelsea defeat


    Chelsea's German midfielder Kai Havertz (L) clashes with Newcastle United's English midfielder Jacob Murphy (L) after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on November 12, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Kai Havertz was at the centre of a scuffle during Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle (AFP via Getty)

    Dan Burn has played down the severity of his injury-time scuffle with Kai Havertz following Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

    Joe Willock’s superb strike in the second half sealed a deserved victory for Eddie Howe’s side at St James’ Park, which has left them third in the Premier League heading into the World Cup break.

    In the closing stages of the match, both sets of players were involved in a brawl on the pitch after Burn and Havertz squared up to each other.

    The two players share a history as the Chelsea forward escaped a red card when he elbowed the Newcastle defender during their game at Stamford Bridge in March.

    When asked about the incident after Saturday’s game, Burn said: ‘It was the emotion of the game wasn’t it?

    ‘Me and Kai had a few run-ins before and it’s just part and parcel of the game. It can get the better of you at the times.

    ‘But when you are in that environment and clinging on in stoppage time and wanting to win the game these things happen.’

    Kai Havertz of Chelsea clashes with Dan Burn, Fabian Schar and Joelinton of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on November 12, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
    Newcastle and Chelsea players began to push each other during the closing stages (Getty)
    Chelsea's Kai Havertz (R) argues with Newcastle's Dan Burn (L) during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC in Newcastle, Britain, 12 November 2022. EPA/Andrew Yates EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
    Dan Burn squared up to Kai Havertz before other players stepped in (EPA)

    Newcastle have already reached 30 points in the Premier League – a milestone which they did not manage until March last season.

    ‘It’s nice to hear that. Last season was a very, very difficult season, a very different one to the one we’re experiencing this time around,’ Howe said.

    ‘We just want to get as many points as quickly as we can. We’re enjoying the moment we’re in, everyone’s together, everyone’s united, really fighting for the same cause and the players tonight deserve huge credit for what they delivered.

    ‘I thought it was up there with our best displays of the season.’

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