Later News Aug 15

Tuchel insists Taylor should not referee a Chelsea match again after controversial Spurs draw

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has seemingly echoed the sentiments of his club’s fans that referee Anthony Taylor has it in for the Blues when he officiates their games.


The German’s anger stemmed from Taylor’s decision to allow both of Tottenham Hotspur’s goals to stand in their bad-tempered 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this morning (SGT), which saw both Tuchel and his Spurs counterpart Antonio Conte set the English Premier League record for most childish intense handshake ever.


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Tuchel claimed that Spurs’ first goal – which was scored by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – should not have stood as there was a foul on Kai Havertz in the build-up, and also because Richarlison was standing in an offside position and blocking Edouard Mendy’s vision.


“I have to say both [Spurs] goals cannot stand. It's only one team that deserved to win and that was us. I'm sorry for my team they don't get what they deserve,” Tuchel bemoaned.


“It was a clear foul on Kai Havertz in the build-up [to Tottenham's first goal], a clear foul. We had one tactical foul from [Reece] James which got a yellow. I don't know how many tactical fouls Hojbjerg and Bentancur did today. The situation went on and on, and it was a clear offside on Richarlison. He is in line of the shot. He even goes to the ball, so Mendy can't see the ball. They check it, it is a clear offside.”


In the lead up to Spurs’ second goal – a last gasp winner from Harry Kane – Cristian Romero was seen pulling Marc Cucurella down by his gorgeous mane just as the corner was being taken. But both Taylor, who had a clear view of the incident, as well as Mike Dean in VAR, were both unmoved, presumably as they could not understand how it felt to have one’s hair pulled.


Having previously laughed off claims from Chelsea fans that Taylor had an agenda against the club, Tuchel has finally changed his tune after the events of this morning.


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When asked whether Taylor should never referee Chelsea again, Tuchel replied: “Maybe it would be better. But honestly, we also have VAR to help make the right decisions. Since when can players be pulled at their hair? Since when is that? And if he does not see it, I don't blame him.


“I didn't see it, but we have people at VAR who check this and then you see it and then how can this not be a free-kick and how can it not be a red card? How?


“This has nothing to do with the referee in this case. If he does not see something, that's why we have people to check if there's a decisive error going on.”


Tuchel also revealed that even his players were sick and tired of Taylor’s officiating, as he added: “I don't think that just some of the fans think that: I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, every person thinks that.


“Not only the fans. You know the players, they know what's going on when they are on the pitch. They know it.”


Tuchel’s comments are understood to be currently under investigation by the Football Association.




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