Brighton manager Gus Poyet cut his post-match press conference short in order to avoid possible disciplinary action from the Football Association after his side lost 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor.
Poyet's side were reduced to nine men when they went down by the same scoreline against the Clarets at the Amex Arena in December and a number of robust challenges from both sides, along with a flurry of late bookings handed out by referee Carl Boyeson, lent a bad-tempered flavour to proceedings once again.
The Uruguayan left the touchline before the end of a defeat that means Brighton will drop out of the play-off places regardless of the result between Middlesbrough and Cardiff at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
When asked about his decision not to watch the closing stages, Poyet chuckled before adding: "That's a good question, that one. I'm not spending any more money on referees and the FA.
"There is a time when you need to know when it's enough, and it was enough."
That brought an end to a one-minute address during which Poyet offered a frank assessment of his side's failings as they made it three games without a win, saying: "It's a missed opportunity for us - a big miss."
Charlie Austin netted the only goal shortly before the half-hour, converting at the second attempt from Josh McQuoid's right wing cross - one of the numerous occasions that Burnley found joy down the flanks during an open and entertaining first period.
Home boss Eddie Howe conceded that tensions were close to boiling point at times during the match, but felt this did not detract from an absorbing contest.
"The referee had to make some calls - we were doing what you usually do and shouting for everything - but I didn't really see a bad tackle in the game. It's bit of showmanship I think, from both sides," he said.
"We're just delighted with the win. I thought it was a great football match - I don't think there's any need to talk about the referee."