The Football Association is investigating Thomas Tuchel’s comments regarding Anthony Taylor after the Chelsea head coach suggested the referee should no longer officiate the team’s matches.
Tuchel, already likely to be hit with a one-match ban following his extraordinary touchline clash following a handshake with Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, faces the prospect of further disciplinary action after appearing to question Taylor’s . impartiality.
The German was furious after both Spurs goals were allowed to stand in controversial circumstances, denying his side a vital victory, and he did not hold back in his criticism of the referee. Tuchel said “the whole dressing room” has a problem with Taylor, who has a history of irritating Chelsea with his decisions, and he went on to question whether the 43-year-old should be banned from taking charge of the Stamford Bridge club. play longer.
The comments from Tuchel, who is also waiting to find out whether he and Conte will be charged by the FA after the rival managers were both 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 club’s fixture list. The statistics show that Taylor has shown more yellow cards to Chelsea players than those from any other team during his career. He has also shown controversial red cards to Reece James and Mateo Kovačić, while he was criticized for not punishing Manchester United’s Harry Maguire for an apparent stamp on Michy Batshuayi in February 2020.
That history bled into Chelsea’s draw with Spurs. Tuchel’s first burst came when Taylor decided not to punish a Rodrigo Bentancur challenge on Kai Havertz in the build-up to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to make 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 interfere with play and that his positioning had not affected Edouard Mendy’s ability to save Hojbjerg’s shot. The referees took guidance from Mendy who charged at Chelsea’s defenders instead of appealing for offside.
But Tuchel was furious. He complained about the failure to award Havertz a free-kick and then clashed with Conte on the touchline. The two leaders had to be pulled apart and both received bookings.
Tuchel was later spoken to by the fourth official after running down the touchline to celebrate Reece James putting Chelsea 2-1 up. The mood on the touchline was intense and Chelsea were left fuming when VAR before the corner that led to Harry Kane’s 96th-minute equalizer failed to result in Dean instructing Taylor to send off Spurs centre-back Cristian Romero for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair .
Taylor had not seen the incident in real time and Dean’s view was that Romero had not committed a red card. 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 just any of the fans believe 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 the side when players can pull other people’s hair and stay on the pitch and attack in the last corner.”
Tuchel, who said his players worry about Taylor, was asked if Taylor should be kept away from Chelsea. “Perhaps it would be better,” he replied. “Maybe it would be better, but we also have VAR to make the right decisions.”
Tuchel made light of the clash with Conte, but he 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 down the row with Tuchel, also faces the prospect of being banned for Spurs’ home game against Wolves. The Italian later took to social media to aim another swipe at Tuchel for driving past the Spurs bench and down the touchline to celebrate Reece James putting Chelsea 2-1 up.
“Fortunately I didn’t see you… tripping over you would have been well deserved…” Conte wrote on Instagram.