The Football Association is investigating Thomas Tuchel’s comments about Anthony Taylor after the Chelsea boss suggested the referee should no longer officiate his team’s games.
Tuchel, who is already likely to receive a one-match ban after his extraordinary touchline confrontation over a handshake with Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, faces to the possibility of further disciplinary action after appearing to question Taylor’s. impartiality
The German was furious after Spurs’ two goals were allowed to stand in controversial circumstances, denying his side a vital win, and he did not hold back in his criticism of the refereeing. Tuchel said “the whole dressing room” has a problem with Taylor, who has a history of angering Chelsea with his decisions, and went on to question whether the 43-year-old should be barred from taking charge of the club of Stamford Bridge. more games
The comments from Tuchel, who is also waiting to find out whether he and Conte will be charged by the FA after rival managers were shown red cards, come less than a year after more than 80,000 fans of the Chelsea signed a petition asking Taylor to be removed from their club’s matches. Statistics show that Taylor has shown more yellow cards to Chelsea players than any other team during his career. He has also shown controversial red cards to Reece James and Mateo Kovačić, while he was criticized for failing to punish Manchester United’s Harry Maguire for an apparent stamp on Michy Batshuayi in February 2020.
This story led to Chelsea’s draw with Spurs. Tuchel’s first outburst came when Taylor decided not to penalize a Rodrigo Bentancur challenge on Kai Havertz in the build-up to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who made 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 was not interfering with play and that his position had not affected Edouard Mendy’s ability to save Hojbjerg’s shot. The referees followed Mendy’s instructions to hit the Chelsea defenders instead of calling for offside.
But Tuchel was furious. He complained about not giving Havertz a foul and then clashed with Conte on the touchline. The two technicians had to be separated and both received warnings.
The fourth official later spoke to Tuchel after charging to the touchline to celebrate Reece James putting Chelsea 2-1 up. The atmosphere on the touchline was intense and Chelsea were aggrieved when VAR before the corner that led to Harry Kane’s 96th-minute equalizer failed to prompt Dean to order Taylor to dismiss the Spurs centre-back Cristian Romero for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair.
Taylor had not seen the incident in real time and Dean’s opinion was that Romero had committed no 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 supporters 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 person thinks so. I don’t understand how the first goal is not offside. And I can’t understand since when players can pull each other’s hair and stay on the pitch and attack at the last corner.”
Tuchel, who said his players were worried about Taylor, was asked if Taylor should stay away from Chelsea. “Maybe that would be better,” he replied. “Maybe it would be better, but we also have VAR to help make the right decisions.”
Tuchel made light of his clash with Conte but is expected to miss Chelsea’s trip to Leeds this weekend following his red card. “I can’t train, but the referee can whistle the next game,” he said. “Good.”
Conte, who also played in his row with Tuchel, also faces the possibility of being banned for Spurs’ game at home to Wolves. The Italian later took to social media to take another swipe at Tuchel for charging past the Spurs bench and down the touchline to celebrate Reece James putting Chelsea 2-1 up.
“Fortunately I didn’t see you… tripping you up would have been well deserved…” Conte wrote on Instagram.
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