Jesse Marsch, the Leeds United head coach, believes Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel should not be allowed on the touchline at Elland Road this weekend following his red card against Tottenham Hotspur.
Tuchel and Spurs head coach Antonio Conte were both sent off at Stamford Bridge last weekend after clashing at the final whistle. Tuchel has now been handed a £35,000 fine and a one-match ban, while Conte has been fined £15,000.
Tuchel’s touchline ban has been temporarily suspended, however, which means the Chelsea head coach will be able to partake as usual in the match against Leeds on Sunday.
That decision is likely to have angered Marsch, who said before the announcement that he would be disappointed if Tuchel is allowed to take up a position in the away dugout.
“He won’t be there, right?” said the Leeds head coach. “Are they saying he might be able to be on the bench? That does not seem right, does it?
“If you get a red card, you are out of the match. I would be disappointed if they allow him to be on the bench. There is a simple rule in football. Whether it’s soccer or football, if you get a red card you can’t play the next match.”
Marsch’s comments came as the fallout continued from Sunday’s eventful draw at Stamford Bridge, with Tuchel saying he was unimpressed by Mike Dean’s admission that he was wrong not to advise referee Anthony Taylor to look at Cristian Romero's hair-pull on Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella.
Dean, who was on duty as the Video Assistant Referee, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail this week that “upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to take a look for himself”.
Tuchel said on Friday that it was a “bit strange” for an active official to be making such comments in a newspaper column and questioned why Dean had not admitted his mistake sooner.
“My concern is why it took so long,” said Tuchel. “What I cannot understand is how it takes a grown up man from Sunday to Friday to admit this mistake. I am not impressed with how it is written and the way it is written.”
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Tuchel has also said that talks have started with the club over a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, although he insisted that his focus is currently on his team and strengthening the squad before the closure of the transfer window.
“There are talks,” he said about a new contract. “But in the situation where we are in the middle of the transfer period I think it is the very best if I focus on my team and sports and on being competitive.”
Chelsea are prepared to step up their interest in Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as reported by Telegraph Sport this week, and remain keen on signing Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana and Everton winger Anthony Gordon.
Fofana is expected to be left out of Leicester’s squad to face Southampton this weekend, with Chelsea set to make a third bid for the 21-year-old before the closure of the window. Fofana has made it clear that he wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard, the Everton manager, is reluctant to sell Gordon but has admitted the winger could leave if Chelsea meet the club’s £50m valuation.
“He has a huge value to the team and is a huge valuable asset to the club,” said Lampard. “I want to think about what Anthony can do to improve the team but I think it would be naive of me to assure anything."