The Football Association is investigating Thomas Tuchel’s comments about Anthony Taylor after Chelsea’s head coach suggested the referee should no longer control his side’s games.
Tuchel, who is likely to receive a one-game suspension after his extraordinary clash over a handshake with Antonio Conte at the end of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, is facing the prospect of further disciplinary action by appearing Taylor’s impartiality questioning.
The German was furious after both Spurs goals were allowed to stand in controversial circumstances and did not hold back in his criticism of the arbitration. Tuchel said the “whole dressing room” has a problem with Taylor, who has a history of infuriating Chelsea with his decisions. He went on to question whether the 43-year-old should be banned from directing 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 their club’s matches.
The official has shown more yellow cards to Chelsea players than any other team. He has also shown red cards to Reece James and Mateo Kovačić and has been criticized for failing to punish Manchester United’s Harry Maguire for an apparent stamp on Michy Batshuayi in February 2020.
That history continued into Sunday’s game. Tuchel’s first outburst came when Taylor decided not to penalize a Rodrigo Bentancur 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 disallowed for offside against Richarlison.
However, Mike Dean, the video assistant referee, decided that the Spurs striker was not interfering with 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 collided with Conte on the sidelines. The managers had to be taken apart and then got bookings.
Tuchel was later accosted by the fourth official after storming the sidelines to celebrate James giving Chelsea a 2-1 lead. The atmosphere on the sidelines was intense and Chelsea were saddened when, before the corner leading to Harry Kane’s sixth minute of added time, Dean did not instruct Taylor to sack Spurs centre-back Cristian Romero because he pulled Marc Cucurella’s hair.
Taylor had not seen the incident in real time and Dean believed that Romero had not committed a red card violation. The Argentine will not face retroactive effect from the FA.
However, Tuchel does have a case to answer after his comments about Taylor. He was told that Chelsea fans have historical grievances with Taylor. “I don’t think only a few fans think that,” he said. “I can assure you that the whole dressing room, everyone thinks that.
“I can’t understand that the first goal isn’t offside. And I can’t understand since when players can pull other people’s hair and stay on the field and attack in the last corner.”
Tuchel, who said his players are 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 the VAR to make the right decisions.”
Tuchel was lighthearted about his clash with Conte but is expected to miss Sunday’s trip to Leeds after his red card. “I can’t coach, but the referee can whistle the next game,” he said. “Good.”
Conte, who also played in line, faces the prospect of being suspended for Spurs’ home game against Wolves. The Italian took another social media swipe at Tuchel as he passed the Spurs bench and down the sidelines to celebrate James giving Chelsea a 2-1 lead. “Luckily I didn’t see you… tripping you would have been well deserved…,” he wrote on Instagram.