Tuchel investigated for referee comments and Souness thinks he’s ‘planting a seed’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is being investigated 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 gets decisions wrong against his side, saying ‘the whole dressing room’ feels the same way as supporters who targeted the official.


Chelsea’s fans and manager felt they were hard done by

But Tuchel might have gone too far post match


But Tuchel might have gone too far post match

Tuchel’s Blues played out a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge which ended in a red card for both him and opposite number Antonio Conte for a bust-up at full-time.

After the match Tuchel questioned the refereeing on both goals, first for an offside on Richarlison, and then a Cristian Romero hair-pull on Marc Cucurella.

He then went even further when asked about fans who think Taylor repeatedly makes poor calls against Chelsea, with supporters making a petition to stop him officiating their games, which has already gained over 40,000 signatures.

“I don’t think that some of the fans think that, I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, every single person thinks that,” Tuchel said to the media.

“I cannot understand how the first goal is not offside, and I cannot understand since when players can be pulled by their hair, stay on the pitch, and pull people’s hair and attack the last corner, this is for me without any explanation.

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“I don’t want to accept it, I have no words for it, I’m furious what the explanation is for that, but both goals should not stand and then it’s a fair result because we were brilliant and deserved to win, this is my point of view.”

Tuchel thinks Richarlison was interfering


Tuchel thinks Richarlison was interfering

Tuchel was then questioned about fans having issues with Taylor that have gone on for a while by a reporter.

“Not only the fans,” he said. “Of course, the players they know what’s going on, they’re on the pitch and they know it, and again it’s like this.

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“Yeah 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.

Souness thinks Tuchel could be playing the long game


Souness thinks Tuchel could be playing the long game

“No I don’t think he should be [saying that],” Souness said on Breakfast.

“He’s planting a seed for the next time he referees their game, in hope that the calls go his way next time round.

“I think he’s got a real argument, by the way, I think Richarlison is certainly in the line of the shot for Mendy, and he’s offside.

“The pulling of the hair, if you look at it again, the referee has got a total sight of it, there’s no one between him and the incident, so he can see everything that’s taking place, his focus should only be on that because this is long before the ball gets to the group of players on the near post when they all jump and you’re thinking there may be a foul in there.

“But this pulling of the hair happened long before the ball got to the near post, and his focus would have normally been on that and he could have only been five or six yards away.

“I think sometimes managers do that knowing the risk of getting a fine because they feel that strongly about it or they’re playing the long game by planting a seed for the next time they have that referee.”

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