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Club-record Burnley signing Defour opens up about Anderlecht-Standard Liege incident

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour has spoken about the infamous Anderlecht-Standard Liege incident last season.

Defour spent five successful seasons at Standard Liege before joining Portuguese side Porto in 2011. After three years in Portugal, Defour returned back to Belgium but surprisingly joined Standard Liege's bitter rivals Anderlecht.

The move understandably did not go down well with the Standard supporters and in a derby match against Anderlecht in January last season, the fans unfurled an insulting banner showing the head of Defour's head decapitated with the words 'Red or Dead' written across.

Defour was most certainly not pleased with the gesture and he was sent off for twice kicking the ball at the direction of the Standard Liege section of the crowd.

The Burnley summer signing has now gone on to speak regarding the infamous incident and he has criticised the referee for not having proceedings under control during the clash.

He told Sky Sports: "I saw the picture but I didn't get any more thoughts of it.

"The whole atmosphere was really violent and the referee didn't have the game under control. The other team were really aggressive too. Of my team, they were a bit worried about their security.

"When talking to the referee before the game, I said we have to watch out because this is a game that could easily get out of hand and for me it got out of hand - he didn't have the game under control. I had to go."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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