Brentford players' touching Thomas Frank gesture explained after Bournemouth win

Brentford's players shared a touching moment with manager Thomas Frank in Saturday's 2-1 win against Bournemouth after the news of his father's passing.

Frank, aged 50, was present at the Vitality Stadium only a day after his father, Preben, passed away. The devastating news was confirmed through Brentford's official social media channels, which shared a post after the game.

The Bees earned a hard-fought victory on Saturday after late goals for both. Included in the post was a moving image of the players surrounding their coach on the touchline right after Bryan Mbuemo scored the first goal in the 86th minute.

When asked about the celebrations post-match, Frank called the incident "special". He added: "That's quite special. My dad passed away yesterday, so that was special. Great win. These players are special and have fantastic character in many ways. I think they've showed that throughout the season in the tough moments.

"I think the moment we could've done, these turnarounds and late winners, it just hasn't been our year. Look at Liverpool, I admire them a lot, but it's not normal to do what they've done. They've done fantastic, but sometimes you just get all those things with you, and sometimes you don't. These players are very, very special.", reports the Mirror.

VAR came into play during two pivotal moments in the match, with Dominic Solanke's goal being disallowed for handball and Brentford's penalty being rescinded after Ivan Toney was adjudged to have gone down too easily in the box. Brentford boss Thomas Frank accepted both decisions without protest.

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Speaking to Match of the Day, shared his views, Frank said of both incidents: "I think overall, fair enough. The first one, if there is a handball in the build up to a goal, then that is the rule. I think the second one, I think it's a 50-50 situation, I understand it could have been a soft pen."

"I think Ivan [Toney] slips and that's why. I can understand why it's overturned, I still think it's borderline if it's a clear and obvious mistake. The boys have put in the effort and foundation in the last three matches. We didn't have the cutting edge against Everton and Fulham, but we had it today."