Tuchel struggling to accept Dean apology for not sending Romero off

Thomas Tuchel admits he is struggling to accept Mike Dean apology for not sending Cristian Romero off for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair… insisting he STILL ‘cannot understand’ how VAR did not make the right decision

  • Mike Dean accepted he should have ordered review of Cristian Romero hair pull 
  • Argentine pulled Marc Cucurella to ground before Harry Kane’s equaliser 
  • Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both sent off at full-time in the fall-out 
  • Both managers expect to receive FA sanctions after being charged for clashes 

Thomas Tuchel has called for greater and quicker transparency from match officials to make their decision-making process clearer.

Tuchel made his plea after bemoaning the decision made by VAR, Sportsmail columnist Mike Dean, not to punish Cristian Romero for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair, seconds before Harry Kane nodded in Tottenham’s injury-time equaliser at Chelsea on Sunday.

Dean admitted his regret at not advising referee Anthony Taylor to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor in his MailPlus column on Thursday and received praise for fronting up.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unimpressed by Mike Dean’s apology for his mistake

Cristian Romero pulled Marc Cucurella to the ground by his hair before Harry Kane headed in

Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both sent off at full-time in the fall-out, with the Blues boss immediately lamenting Kane’s goal standing.

Both managers expect to receive FA sanctions after being charged for their dugout clashes, but the two coaches also hope to avoid touchline bans.

Tuchel believes explanations could come far sooner. He said: ‘Apologising or admitting, at least, I think it could be more transparent to make it easier. Maybe they could explain the decisions on the field to everybody why they take this decision.

Mike Dean accepted he should have ordered a review of Romero’s tussle with Cucurella

‘Maybe, to make it more transparent and clear what’s going on. Why a goal is not allowed, why it’s disallowed, why he is overruling his own decision. It is not the end of the process yet, it’s still necessary to have regular goals and irregular decisions overruled. There’s obviously still work to do.’

On Dean’s decision to hold up his hands, Tuchel added: ‘Hopefully, I am not too honest but if a mistake is that big and obvious, what’s the point in not admitting it for the whole season?

‘I struggle a little bit to be fully impressed by the statement I have to say. It’s so clear and obvious, I cannot understand how a referee cannot make the decision that was the right decision. 

Tuchel and Conte clashed several times on the touchline in Sunday’s high-octane 2-2 London derby draw.

The pair’s niggly handshake at full-time that led to the red cards was immediately turned into a string of social media memes. And Tuchel revealed he was quickly laughing about the clash, with no bad blood at all between him and Conte.

Tuchel and Antonio Conte clashed several times on the touchline in the high-octane London derby

‘Of course we laugh, it’s very important to laugh and laugh at ourselves,’ said Tuchel.

‘I was laughing in the dressing room; it was the heat of the match, it was for me not that bad.

‘The handshake was maybe too long and too heavy I admit that but no harm was done at least from my side. And we didn’t insult each other.

‘I think the thing would have ended if there were not 20 people around us that make the thing look much worse than it actually was.

‘But you’re right, if you have reaction like this you need to live to the reaction towards it. And of course I laughed about myself.

The pair’s niggly handshake was immediately turned into a string of social media memes

‘It was passion between two men who fought for their team and I hope they don’t make more of it.

‘It’s not that big a deal for me, it was about passion and nothing more. He was fighting for his team, I was fighting for my team.

‘As you hopefully felt before we played Tottenham last season with Conte and now, I have nothing but the biggest respect for him. And this will not change because of that incident.’

Chelsea will travel to Leeds on Sunday but must do so without N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Armando Broja.

Tuchel confirmed Kante will miss a number of weeks with hamstring trouble, with Kovacic still out with a knee problem.

Tuchel confirmed midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss a number of weeks with hamstring trouble

Broja will miss the Leeds clash with a knock, while Christian Pulisic is a doubt with an Achilles injury.

‘For N’Golo it’s quite serious, we’re talking about weeks, which is not good news,’ said Tuchel.

‘And we are disappointed and sad, because N’Golo was super important and super fit. Armando Broja will be out for some days but will not come with us to Leeds.

‘Mateo Kovacic as well still out with knee problems. Christian Pulisic has Achilles problems, but trained today and let’s see.’




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