“Since when can players have their hair pulled”- Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel slams refereeing decisions in match against Tottenham

The cherry on top of Thomas Tuchel's outrage over Anthony Taylor's performance in the London derby was his dismissal following the game.

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte
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Thomas Tuchel, who was incensed following his team’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, does not want referee Anthony Taylor to officiate another Chelsea game. Despite Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s response, the hosts appeared to be winning a heated match at Stamford Bridge after goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James.

However, a last-minute Harry Kane header gave Spurs a point, and Tuchel and Antonio Conte engaged in a combative exchange after the final whistle.

Taylor issued red cards to both players, but much of the German’s ire was directed at Taylor because of his perception that the official missed a number of incidents, including an alleged offside before Tottenham’s opening goal and an apparent foul by Cristian Romero on Marc Cucurella before the game’s final equalizer.

After the game, Tuchel stated that there were many Chelsea supporters who believed Taylor made mistakes during their matches. “I don’t think just some of the fans think that,” he stated. “I can assure you the whole dressing room of us, every single person, thinks that. I can’t understand how the first goal is not offside and I can’t understand how when a player is pulled by their hair, the other player stays on the pitch.”

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Thomas Tuchel blamed the referee and VAR for Chelsea’s lost points against Tottenham Hotspurs

Thomas Tuchel agreed when asked if he would prefer Taylor not to oversee Chelsea’s games, but he also cited the VAR official as sharing equal responsibility for the decision-making process. “Maybe it would be better, maybe it would be better,” he added. “But honestly we also have VAR, to help make the right decisions.”

“Since when can players have their hair pulled, since when is that? And if he does not see it I don’t blame him – I didn’t see it. We have people at VAR who check this, and then you see it. And how can this not be a free-kick, and then a red card? How? This does not even have to do with the referee in this case. If he does not see something that’s why we have people to check if this is a decisive error or not.”

Tuchel expressed his disappointment that he will be banned from the sidelines after failing to recognise his own post-game dismissal for his role in the altercation with Conte, and he added sarcastically: “So good – I cannot coach but the referee can whistle the next game.”

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