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Burnley Fans Mock Ben Mee Tackle

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Burnley fans have defended Clarets captain Ben Mee for his tackle on Wesley which left the Aston Villa striker facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The challenge, in the second half of Villa’s 2-1 win on New Year’s Day, was seen by referee Michael Oliver who didn't deem the tackle a foul.

Mee clearly played the ball, which rebounded off Wesley and out for a goal kick, however did catch the striker with his follow through.

The Brazilian needed medical attention on the pitch and was substituted with Villa boss Dean Smith saying afterwards that the frontman will undergo scans on his knee to determine the extent of the injury.

The challenge prompted a furious response from Aston Villa fans on social media while Liverpool supporters also slammed Mee with Reds supporters angry with the Clarets defender for a tackle on Joe Gomez last season which left the Reds defender with a broken leg.

That tackle, described as ‘clean’ by Jurgen Klopp at the time, was also not deemed a foul with Mee again playing the ball.

And Burnley fans have got behind Mee, who said in the aftermath of the Gomez decision that you can ‘play fair and hard.’

“I see Ben Mee is getting stick again for another perfectly timed tackle. Injuries happen in football. Don’t judge the tackle by the injury,” said Tom Smith on social media.

John McAlpine added: “No free kick awarded for Ben Mee’s challenge on Gomez or Wesley, both injured which isn’t nice however scrutinised and made to look bad by the media.”

Jack Wheelhouse said: “So much drama about the Ben Mee challenge.. class tackle, yes he may have come off badly however clearly played the ball and was a appropriate CB’s challenge no intent!”

Robert Lodge said: “To everyone on #avfc slating Ben Mee and bringing up the Joe Gomez challenge, look at the challenge is slow motion on Gomez, he did his by crashing into the ad boards, doesn’t even really make much contact with Gomez, Wesley is just unfortunate, there’s no malice or anything.”

Mee hasn't been sent off during his time with the Clarets, something that @wfrzr pointed out: “Repeat offender? He’s not been sent off in the last nine seasons he’s been with Burnley. He’s firm however consistently within the laws of the game. Still images prove absolutely nothing.”

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