‘I don’t know what they were watching’: Reece James lashes out at officials from Chelsea’s controversial Tottenham draw as team-mate Thiago Silva takes a swipe at Anthony Taylor for missing Cristian Romero’s hair-pull on Marc Cucurella
- Reece James scored Chelsea’s second in a controversial 2-2 draw with Tottenham
- The defender believes his side deserved more, but was hit by the referee
- Teammate Thiago Silva also questioned the work of referee Anthony Taylor
Reece James and Thiago Silva have hit out at referee Anthony Taylor and his officials following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s well-struck first-half goal was canceled out in controversial circumstances by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg midway through the second half.
Kai Havertz appeared to be brought down by Rodrigo Bentancur in the build-up, while Richarlison was offside in front of Edouard Mendy when Hojbjerg shot – although neither resulted in the goal being overturned by Taylor and his team.
Reece James questioned Anthony Taylor and his fellow referees after Sunday’s 2-2 draw
Taylor was the man behind the whistle for the dramatic derby between Chelsea and Spurs
James put the Blues back in front in the 77th minute, and was hailed as Sky Sports’ Man of the Match in added time at Stamford Bridge – only for Harry Kane’s equalizer to bring Spurs level again after six minutes of stoppage time.
Kane’s dramatic late goal also came in controversial circumstances, with Taylor and VAR officials choosing not to act on Cristian Romero’s hair-pull on Marc Cucurella in the moments before that goal.
And speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 after the game, the 22-year-old believed Chelsea should have got more out of the game – and perhaps would have if the referee was different.
“I think we should have won the game,” James said. “It was two debatable goals for them. I think the umpires and the fourth umpire need to look back at them. It’s frustrating for us when you deserve to win the game.
“I don’t know what they [the officials] watched, but we have to take the positives from the game. We were above them throughout the game.
Thiago Silva commented on Cristian Romero’s hair pull on Marc Cucurella in stoppage time
Silva took to Instagram to highlight his issue with the incident between Romero and Cucurella, posting a photo from that moment.
Silva’s accompanying caption, in his native Brazilian Portuguese, was translated by the app to: ‘Haven’t you seen this??? Never. Can you pull your hair out?
The match’s rivalry, and the heated moments that turned the tide, resulted in managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte both being sent off after the final whistle, having been yellow-carded for a touchline spat following Hojbjerg’s equaliser.
Players and club officials have previously been banned from matches, or fined, for questioning refereeing in the past, so this argument is likely to continue for some time.
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both issued with red cards at the end of the match