The FA are investigating Thomas Tuchel’s post-match comments after the Chelsea boss admitted players and fans are concerned when Anthony Taylor officiates their matches.
Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham prompted incendiary comments from the German coach, who was furious that both of Tottenham’s goals stood at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel claimed “maybe it would be better” for Taylor not to referee Chelsea again and a number of outlets report that the FA are examining the comments.
The London derby was a contentious affair. Kalidou Koulibaly volleyed home Marc Cucurella’s corner, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised.
Reece James fired home to put Chelsea back in front in the closing stages, only for Harry Kane to head home in added on time.
But Tuchel was furious in the aftermath and claimed Richarlison was offside for Hojbjerg’s effort. The Blues were then left furious that Christian Romero was not punished for pulling Cucurella’s hair. A VAR check ruled out a red card and the goal stood.
Both managers were booked for the first bust-up. Then they were sent off at full-time when a niggly handshake between the pair sparked further ugly scenes.
More than 96,000 people have since signed an online petition demanding Taylor not be allowed to referee Chelsea again.
Chelsea fans have long since claimed an agenda from Taylor against them. And Tuchel brought those thoughts to the fore with his comments on Sunday.
Asked if he thinks Taylor should not referee Chelsea again, Tuchel said: “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, since when is that? And if he does not see it, I don’t blame him – I didn’t see it.
“But we have people at VAR who check this, and then you see it. And then what? And how can this not be a free-kick, and then a red card? How?
“This does not even have to do with the referee in this case.
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“If he does not see something that’s why we have people to check if this is a decisive error or not.”
When asked again about the fans’ concerns about Taylor’s officiating, Tuchel continued: “I don’t think that just some of the fans think that: I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, every person thinks that.
“Not only the fans. You know the players, they know what’s going on when they are on the pitch. They know it.”
Asked if the players are worried when Taylor is in charge, Tuchel added: “Yeah, of course.”
And when it was put to him that he will most likely face a touchline ban for next weekend’s Premier League trip to Leeds, Tuchel said: “So, good! I cannot coach but the referee can whistle the next game.”
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