Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association after their fracas on the touchline during and after Chelsea and Tottenham’s draw.
Chelsea and Spurs managers have faced each other twice at Stamford Bridge, leading to two scrums as tensions boiled over in a fiery London derby, which saw the opposing team snatch a 2-2 draw.
Both managers were booked for the first meltdown, then kicked out full-time when a nasty handshake sparked further ugly scenes.
The FA confirmed on Monday evening that Tuchel and Conte now have a charge to answer.
“Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have both been charged with breaching FA Rule E3, following the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 14 August 2022,” the statement read. AF.
“It is alleged that the behavior of both managers was inappropriate after the end of the match. Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have until Thursday August 18, 2022 to provide their respective answers.
It is understood Tuchel could still face further charges with the FA set to investigate the German’s post-match comments as he claimed ‘maybe it would be better’ for Anthony Taylor no longer referee Chelsea, with the Blues boss furious that both Spurs goals lay.
Kalidou Koulibaly stole the corner from Marc Cucurella, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fired back for Spurs.
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Reece James fired home to put Chelsea ahead in the closing stages, only for Kane to acquiesce six minutes into second-half added time.
Tuchel lamented that Spurs’ goals stood, saying Richarlison was offside for Hojbjerg’s effort.
The Blues were then furious that Cristian Romero had not been punished for pulling Cucurella’s hair, with a VAR check ruling out a red card but imposing no penalties.
More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that Taylor be barred from refereeing Chelsea again.
Chelsea fans have long been crying out for a Taylor program against them, and Tuchel didn’t snuff out those flames when he spoke after Sunday’s wayward but convincing draw.
Asked if he thinks Taylor should no longer referee Chelsea, Tuchel replied on Sunday: “Maybe it would be better, maybe it would be better.
“But honestly we also have VAR to help make the right decisions.
“Since when can players have their hair pulled out, since when is that? And if he doesn’t see it, I don’t blame him – I haven’t seen it.
“But we have people at VAR who check that and then you see it. And now what? 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.
Asked again about Chelsea supporters’ concerns over Taylor’s refereeing, Tuchel continued: “I don’t think only some fans think that: I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, everyone thinks that.
“Not just the fans. You know the players, they know what’s going on when they’re on the pitch. They know it.
When asked if players worry when Taylor is in charge, Tuchel added: “Yeah sure.”
And when told he would most likely face a touchline ban for next weekend’s Premier League trip to Leeds, Tuchel said: “So fine! I can’t coach but the referee can whistle the next game.
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