The Football Association (FA) has launched an investigation into Thomas Tuchel’s remarks about referee Anthony Taylor made after Sunday’s heated Chelsea-Tottenham derby match.
The Blues manager was furious because he believed several crucial decisions in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge went against his team.
Tuchel – along with his Tottenham counterpart – was shown a red card after a number of clashes with opposite number Antonio Conte, while he also believed that neither Spurs equaliser should have stood.
Rodrigo Bentancur made a strong challenge on Kai Havertz at the other end of the field prior to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s 68th-minute goal to equalise Kalidou Koulibaly’s first-half volley. There was also a heated argument over whether Richarlison was offside when the Dane fired into the bottom corner of the goal against Chelsea.
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Chelsea also believed that Cristian Romero’s apparent pulling back of Marc Cucurella by his hair at the crucial corner from which the England captain scored should have been ruled out before Harry Kane’s last-second header sent the away end into raptures late in the second half.
He told reporters, “Maybe it would be better, maybe it would be better.” But to be quite honest, we also have VAR to aid in making the best choices. Since when is it okay for athletes to have their hair pulled? And if he doesn’t see it, I can’t hold it against him since I didn’t.
But VAR employees verify this, and you then notice it. How else could this not be a free kick followed by a red card? How?
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“In this scenario, the referee has nothing to do with it. We have individuals to examine if this is a decisive error or not if he does not observe something, for that reason.
Taylor’s judgments were shared by Tuchel’s team, he continued: “I don’t think simply some of the supporters think so. You may rest assured that everyone in the dressing room shares this opinion.
When a player gets grabbed by the hair, how come the other player remained on the field? I also don’t understand how the first goal was not offside.
Pull someone else’s hair, continue playing, and attempt to score from the final corner. Without any justification, this is for me, and I don’t want to accept it. Both goals shouldn’t have stood, and the outcome is fair since we played excellently and deserved to win. This is how I see things.
The FA is now looking into Tuchel’s remarks, and he will also be banned from the touchline for next Sunday’s match against Leeds at Elland Road. Meanwhile, Conte will be present for Wolves’ Saturday midday visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The FA may file a complaint against the German for suggesting prejudice and defaming the sport. The FA fined Everton manager Frank Lampard £30,000 in April for saying Liverpool would have been given a penalty in the Toffees’ loss in the Merseyside derby if Mohamed Salah had fallen like Anthony Gordon.