FA investigates Tuchel’s ‘Chelsea have problems with referee’ comments – The Guardian

The Football Association is investigating Thomas Tuchel remarks concerning Anthony Taylor after Chelsea’s head coach suggested that the referee no longer officiate his side’s games.

Tuchel, who is already likely to be hit with a one-match ban after his extraordinary touchline for shaking hands with Antonio Conte at the end of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, faces the prospect of further disciplinary action appearing to question Taylor’s impartiality.

The German was furious after both Spurs goals were allowed to stand in controversial circumstances and he did not hold back on his criticism of the referee. Tuchel said the “whole dressing room” has a problem with Taylor, who has a history of anger Chelsea with their decisions. He went on to question whether the 43-year-old should be banned from taking control of the club’s games.

The comments from Tuchel, who is also waiting to find out if he and Conte will be charged by the FA after being shown red cards, come less than a year after more than 80,000 Chelsea fans signed a petition calling for Taylor to be removed from. the fixtures of their club.

The official has shown more yellow cards to Chelsea players than those of any other team. He also showed red cards to Reece James and Mateo Kovačić and he was criticized for failing to punish Manchester United’s Harry Maguire for an apparent stamp on Michy Batshuayi in February 2020.

That history bled into Sunday’s game. Tuchel’s first eruption came when Taylor decided not to punish Rodrigo Bentancur’s challenge on Kai Havertz during the build-up to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg making it 1-1 midway through the second half. He also argued that the goal should have been ruled out for offside against Richarlison.

However, Mike Dean, the Video Assistant Referee, ruled that the Spurs striker did not influence play and that his positioning did not affect Edouard Mendy’s ability to save Hojbjerg’s shot.

Tuchel complained about the failure to give Havertz a free-kick and then clashed with Conte on the touchline. The managers had to be pulled apart and then received reservations.

Tuchel was later spoken to by the fourth official after charging down the touchline to celebrate James putting Chelsea 2-1 up. The atmosphere on the touchline was intense and Chelsea were upset when before the corner that led to Harry Kane equalizing in the sixth minute of added time Dean did not instruct Taylor to send off Spurs centre-back Cristian Romero for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair.

Taylor did not see the incident in real time and Dean’s opinion was that Romero did not commit a red card offence. The Argentine will not face retrospective action from the FA.

However, Tuchel has a case to answer after his comments about Taylor. He was told that Chelsea fans have historical grievances with Taylor. “I don’t think it’s just some of the fans who think that,” he said. “I can assure you that the whole dressing room, every single person thinks that.

“I cannot understand how the first goal is not offside. And I can’t understand since when players can pull other people’s hair and stay on the pitch and attack in the last corner.”

Tuchel, who said his players were concerned about Taylor, was asked if the referee should be kept away from Chelsea. “Maybe that would be better,” he said. “Maybe it would be better, but we also have VAR to help make the right decisions.”

Tuchel played down his clash with Conte, but he is expected to miss Sunday’s trip to Leeds following his red card. “I can’t coach but the referee can whistle the next game,” he said. “Good.”

Conte, who also went down the pecking order, faces the prospect of being banned for Spurs’ home game against Wolves. The Italian took another shot on social media at Tuchel for charging past the Spurs bench and down the touchline to celebrate James putting Chelsea 2-1 up. “Lucky I didn’t see you … making you go on a trip would have been well deserved…” he wrote on Instagram.

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