News ID: 323513
Published: 0210 GMT August 15, 2022

Tuchel says referee should not officiate his side again after Spurs draw

Tuchel says referee should not officiate his side again after Spurs draw
Chelsea's head coach Thomas Tuchel argues with Tottenham's head coach Antonio Conte during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Aug. 14, 2022.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel feels both of Tottenham's goals in their dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge should have been disallowed and believes referee Anthony Taylor should never officiate his side again.

Tuchel, who was sent off along with Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte after the final whistle following their second fracas of the afternoon, was incensed that Kai Havertz was not awarded a free-kick in the build-up to Tottenham's first equalising goal, reported.

Cristian Romero then avoided punishment deep into injury time for pulling Marc Cucurella's hair with VAR Mike Dean ruling out a red card. From the subsequent corner, Harry Kane headed in to snatch the draw.

Chelsea fans have long claimed an agenda from Taylor against the Blues following a string of decisions against them in previous games.

Asked whether Taylor should never referee Chelsea again, the German 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."

When asked about Chelsea supporters' concerns over Taylor's officiating, Tuchel replied: "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."

Asked if the players are worried when Taylor is in charge, Tuchel added, "Yeah, of course."

And when it was put to him that he will most likely face a touchline ban for next weekend's visit to Leeds, Tuchel said, "So good! I cannot coach but the referee can whistle the next game."

Tuchel was angry with the award of both of Tottenham's goals.

"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 added.

"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."


For Tottenham's second goal, Romero's hair-pull immediately before Kane's injury-time equaliser was reviewed, but VAR decided not to intervene.


Conte comments


Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was unhappy at Tuchel's criticism of the officials' performances.

He said, "You know very well that I never, never speak about the referee decision, never, never. And then I continue to do this, for sure when I see the others to have this type of behaviour [it] makes me a bit angry, but at the same time, everyone tries to do what they want.

"But I repeat, I don't want to comment on the referee, but I never, never made a comment about the referee in England."

Tuchel and Conte were both dismissed after the final whistle following their second touchline spat of the afternoon, with the coaches squaring up to each other amid an ill-tempered handshake.

The pair had both been booked after Tottenham's equaliser in a major dugout melee.

Asked whether he enjoyed it, Tuchel said: "Yes, and I think he enjoyed it as well. It was nothing bad.

Conte agreed and joked: "For what happened, I think we did enjoy it. Next time we'll pay more attention and we don't shake hands, and we solve the problem.



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