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Thomas Tuchel rejects late apology from VAR official Dean for missed foul | chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel said he was unimpressed by VAR official Mike Dean’s belated apology for missing the foul on Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella which preceded Tottenham’s late equalizer in the 2-2 draw absorbent from last week.

Dean wrote in his Daily Mail column: “I did not consider this to be a violent act” and that “on reflection” he should have asked the referee, Anthony Taylor, to visit his “monitor at the edge of the pitch to take a look for himself” after Cucurella’s hair was pulled by Spurs defender Cristian Romero.

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“I wouldn’t take so long after making a mistake like this to say I made a mistake,” said Chelsea manager, who was handed a one-game suspension on the line sidelines for his post-match skirmish with counterpart Antonio. Conte, but will be present for Sunday afternoon’s match at Leeds.

Tuchel added that an official’s apology from a paid newspaper column was “a bit strange” but was much more obsessed with the decision being “more than just a bad decision”.

“In 99% of the decisions we discuss about handball or not handball, sometimes I don’t understand the rules well and there are always explanations. But it’s a new level of error, I think, such an obvious and clear error with such a huge consequence, immediately on the outcome of the match.

“It was very, very difficult to accept and understand, and what I cannot understand is that it takes a man, a grown man, an extra referee, from Sunday to Friday to admit this mistake. I’m not impressed with the way it’s written.

Thomas Tuchel (blue cap) faces a sideline ban for his post-match clash with Antonio Conte. Photography: Javier Garcia/Shutterstock

Harry Kane’s late equalizer was followed by Tuchel and Conte clashing in their post-match handshake before the two were shown a red card by Taylor. “It’s a bit more difficult to accept, given the context, because two minutes before someone from our team got pulled by the hair,” Tuchel said.

“If we both pulled our hair out, maybe we got away with it, for a handshake, it’s suddenly a red card. It was after the game. It was more passion than anything else.” His post-match suggestion that Taylor should not receive any further Chelsea games also prompted an investigation by the FA.

“I just said maybe it would be better,” Tuchel said. “I want to make it very clear, I didn’t attack his integrity. I said early on that both decisions are clear decisions for VAR but I wasn’t happy with the way he whistled the It was about that game, and I think it was in an acceptable way, still without being personal and without stepping out of line.

Tuchel didn’t deny that emotion got the better of Tottenham or his passion for a club he said he was in talks with over a new contract. “There are discussions but given the situation, where we come from, where we are at the moment in the middle of the transfer window, I think it’s best that I focus on my team and my sports. , and to be competitive.

“My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else. You know how happy I am to be here and how much I like it. In a week in which teenage Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei was signed from Inter and welcomed to Chelsea’s training complex in Cobham, Tuchel has lamented the loss of key man N’Golo Kanté with a “fairly serious” hamstring problem, suffered against Spurs.

“We are talking about weeks. So no good news. We are disappointed and sad because N’Golo was super important and was super fit. He will be away for several weeks. »

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