Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is under investigation by the FA for his comments about referee Anthony Taylor after his side’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
The German coach suggested Taylor often makes the wrong decisions against his side, saying ‘the whole dressing room’ feels the same way as the fans who targeted the official.
Tuchel’s Blues played a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge that ended in him and his counterpart Antonio Conte being red-carded for a full-time collapse.
After the match, Tuchel questioned the refereeing on both goals, first for an offside on Richarlison, then on a haircut by Cristian Romero on Marc Cucurella.
He then went even further when asked about fans who believe Taylor repeatedly makes bad calls against Chelsea, with fans petitioning to stop him officiating their matches, which has already garnered more of 40,000 signatures.
“I don’t think some fans think that, I can assure you the whole dressing room of us, every person thinks that,” Tuchel told the media.
“I can’t understand how the first goal isn’t offside, and I can’t understand since when players can be far-fetched, stay on the pitch, pull people’s hair and attack the last corner , it is for me without any explanation.
“I don’t want to accept it, I have no words for it, I’m furious with the explanation for it, but the two goals shouldn’t stand and then it’s a result just because we were brilliant and deserved to win, that’s my point of view.”
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Tuchel was then asked about fans having issues with Taylor that have been going on for some time by a reporter.
“Not just the fans,” he said. “Of course the players know what’s going on, they’re on the pitch and they know it, and again that’s how it is.
“Yes, of course [they’re worried when they see him].”
talkSPORT host Graeme Souness was asked about the comments and said Tuchel was looking to influence future decisions.
“No, I don’t think it should be [saying that]said Souness on Breakfast.
“He’s planting a seed for the next time he referees their game, hoping the calls will go his way next time.
“I think he has a real argument, by the way, I think Richarlison is definitely in the line of fire for Mendy, and he’s offside.
“The hair-pulling, if you look at it again, the referee has full view, there’s no one between him and the incident, so he can see everything that’s going on, he shouldn’t be concentrating that on that because it’s way before the ball hits the group of players at the near post when they all jump up and you think there might be a foul in there.
“But that hair-pulling happened long before the ball got to the near post, and his focus would normally have been on that and he could only have been five or six yards out.
“I think sometimes managers do this knowing that they might get fined because they’re very attached to it or they’re playing the long game by planting a seed for the next time they have this arbitrator.”
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