Marc Cucurella: Chelsea defender says Cristian Romero’s hair pull on him was a referee and VAR error


Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella says Cristian Romero’s hair pull on him was “clear” as day – and branded the choice to not punish the Tottenham defender as a “referee and VAR error”.

Last weekend’s Super Sunday conflict between Chelsea and Tottenham descended into drama as Romero was not penalised for tugging on Cucurella’s hair as Spurs attacked a nook. From the ensuing phase of play, Harry Kane headed house a late corner to equalise for 2-2, with managers Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel clashing at full-time.

Chelsea boss Tuchel says each of Tottenham’s targets last weekend should not have stood and Cucurella believes referee Anthony Taylor and VAR Mike Dean made a mistake in not punishing the Tottenham defender.

“For me it’s too clear in the game, on the pitch,” Cucurella advised a press convention when asked about the incident. “I didn’t see it on the TV, the video. I suppose it is very clear, but this is one error of the referee or VAR.

Romero was seen pulling Cucurella’s hair simply moments before Tottenham’s equaliser

“Sometimes the referees have good decisions, generally not. This isn’t my downside. Maybe we have to work tougher to not concede this objective within the last minute.

“I saw [VAR] checking for a red card within the stadium. For me it’s clear. In this moment, I don’t know what happened.”

Cucurella additionally joked that his hair is fine and he won’t ever consider changing his type – and added there have been no exhausting feelings towards Tottenham defender Romero.

Marc Cucurella in action for Chelsea

Cucurella joked he will not be changing his hair style following the incident

“I have no problem with him,” the Spaniard added. “It’s just one action of the sport however maybe it was necessary as a result of it modified the ultimate result.

“For me it is no drawback. Before the sport I spoke with him [Romero]. I really have no downside. It’s just one action in the sport. Maybe an important motion as a end result of it adjustments the final result. We have another opportunity [to beat Spurs].”

Romero to keep away from retrospective action for hair pull

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Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher provides his professional analysis on the key moments within the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge

Romero will not face retrospective motion for the incident late in the game on Sunday – as pulling a participant’s hair is not thought-about an offence in football’s laws.

Retrospective action can only be given when each the match and video officials fail to spot an incident on the pitch in actual time and do not mention it in their post-match report.

Had referee Taylor spotted the incident in real time, then the correct plan of action would have been a free-kick to Chelsea, leaving Spurs unable to attain from that specific attack.

Unlike rugby, soccer legal guidelines don’t particularly point out hair-pulling. The officials must determine whether or not the extent of the hair pulling is forceful sufficient to be thought-about violent conduct.

If it is not, then it will in all probability be thought of unsporting behaviour and result in a yellow card.

Tuchel: Taylor should not referee Chelsea games | ‘Where was VAR?’

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says his full-time altercation with Antonio Conte was the results of feelings operating high

In his post-match press convention, Tuchel felt referee Taylor shouldn’t be allowed to referee Chelsea video games anymore after Sunday’s efficiency.

In relation to the primary Tottenham aim, Chelsea felt there was a foul on Kai Havertz in the build-up. Taylor disagreed.

Referees have been advised there’s a larger threshold for fouls this season to help with the flow of games. However, VAR did not look intently at the foul as a result of it wasn’t deemed to be in the identical attacking part of play as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal.

A potential interference by Richarlison, who was standing in an offside place when Hojbjerg struck the ball, was looked at. It was determined his position had no adverse impression on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s position.

Asked whether or not Taylor should never referee Chelsea again, the German replied: “Maybe it will be higher.

Thomas Tuchel argues with Antonio Conte after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel argues with Antonio Conte after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

“But honestly, we also have VAR to assist make the proper choices. Since when can players be pulled at their hair? Since when is that? If he does not see it, I don’t blame him.

“I did not see it, but we have folks at VAR who examine this. How can this not be a free-kick and the way can it not be a pink card? How?

“This has nothing to do with the referee on this case. If he does not see one thing, that’s why we’ve individuals to verify if there is a decisive error occurring.”

Since the match, Tuchel and Conte have both been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3. It is alleged that the behaviour of both managers was improper following the tip of the fixture, with the pair having until Thursday to provide their respective responses.

Meanwhile, VAR official Dean has not been chosen for a Premier League fixture this weekend after final Sunday’s controversial ending. Referee Taylor, in the meantime, will take charge of West Ham vs Brighton on Sunday.


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