Chelsea FC supporters launch petition calling for Anthony Taylor to be banned from matches after Tottenham draw


The petition calling for referee Anthony Taylor to be banned from refereeing Chelsea games has received thousands of signatures as the fallout from Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham continues.

Spurs hit back twice after falling behind, with both goals coming after controversial decisions.

The first, which saw Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg score just outside the box, came seconds after Thomas Tuchel felt Chelsea should have been awarded a free-kick following Rodrigo Bentancur’s challenge on Kai Havertz.

Even after that, Richarlison appeared to have held himself in an offside position and thus blocked Edouard Mendy’s view of the Dane’s shot.

After Reece James restored the home side’s lead, Harry Kane scored a last-minute equalizer from a controversial second Ivan Perisic corner attempt. In the first, Cristian Romero appeared to pull Marc Cucurella’s hair in the box, although no foul was given.

More than 83,000 people have signed the petition, which alleges: “Anthony Taylor has continued to make big decisions against Chelsea over the years in big games.”

After the match, Tuchel said: “Maybe it would be better, maybe it would be better. [if he didn’t referee Chelsea games].

“But honestly we also have VAR, to help make the right decisions. Since when can players get their hair pulled out, since when is that? And if he doesn’t see it, I don’t blame him – I have not seen it.

“But we have people at VAR who check that and then you see it. And how can it not be a free kick and then a red card? How?

“It doesn’t even have to do with the referee in this case. If he doesn’t see something, that’s why we have people to check whether it’s a decisive error or not.

When told that some Chelsea fans believe Taylor has made a number of mistakes when officiating Chelsea games, Tuchel suggested his players have a similar opinion.

He said: “I don’t think only some fans think that. I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, every person, thinks that. I don’t understand how the first goal is not offside and I don’t understand when one player is far-fetched the other player stays on the field.

“Pulling someone else’s hair, staying on the field and attacking the last corner. It’s for me without any explanation and I don’t want to accept it. The two goals shouldn’t last and it’s a fair result because we were brilliant, deserved to win. It’s my point of view. »

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