Furious Thomas Tuchel says Anthony Taylor should NEVER be allowed to referee Chelsea again as he insists ‘both Spurs goals should not stand’… after Blues boss was sent off following dramatic clash with Antonio Conte
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were involved in an extraordinary full-time bust-up before the Chelsea manager also blasted referee Anthony Taylor, suggesting it might be better if he never takes charge of one of the club’s games again.
Six years after the original Battle of the Bridge, war broke out between Chelsea and Tottenham again during an explosive London derby with the two managers the central figures and who will be hit with touchline bans after receiving straight red cards following the final whistle.
Conte and Tuchel goaded each other with their second-half goal celebrations before going eyeball-to- eyeball at full-time as they shook hands, sparking an ugly mass confrontation involving players, officials and security staff from both clubs in an incredible finish to the bad-tempered 2-2 draw.
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were sent off for clashing on the touchline after full-time
Tuchel appeared furious that Conte did not look him in the eye and refused to let go of his hand while TV cameras picked up the Italian asking his opposite number ‘what do you want?’
Moments after Harry Kane salvaged a draw for Spurs with an injury-time header, a fired-up Conte also clashed with Chelsea sub Cesar Azpilicueta and midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who was injured and not in the squad, as he headed for the tunnel.
But Taylor, public enemy No.1 due to his history of angering Chelsea with his decisions, was also in Tuchel’s sights.
Taylor’s decision to ignore Kai Havertz’s appeal for a foul following a Rodrigo Bentancur challenge preceded Spurs’s first equaliser, Conte’s celebration which lit the blue touch paper and was one of a number of incidents which left Tuchel furious.
Harry Kane scored a 96th-minute equaliser to cap off a dramatic afternoon at Stamford Bridge
The officials also overlooked Richarlison offside as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised, Cristian Romero pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair before Kane’s leveller and, in Tuchel’s view, a sting of tactical fouls from Hojbjerg and Bentancur while Reece James was booked for one.
Taylor has issued more yellow cards per game to Chelsea players than those from any other team, shown big-game red cards to Reece James and Kovacic while a Harry Maguire stamp on Michy Batshuayi was among a string of incidents the Blues feel he has ignored.
Tuchel said: ‘Today? Yes [I have more of a problem with the referee].
‘Maybe that would be better [if he does not referee another Chelsea game]. I don’t think that [only] some of the fans think that [Taylor has made bad decisions against Chelsea].
‘I can assure you that the whole dressing room, every single person thinks that. The players know what’s going on and they’re on the pitch. Of course [they are worried when he takes charge of one of our games].
Tuchel does not want referee Anthony Taylor to officiate a top flight Chelsea match ever again
Both [Spurs] goals should not stand and then it’s a fair result. I cannot coach but the referee can whistle the next game. Good.’
Fuming at the lack of support for Taylor from VAR Mike Dean and his team, Tuchel added: ‘If he does not see something that’s why we have people to check if there is a decisive error going on.’
Both managers are set to be banned for their team’s next games – Spurs host Wolves on Saturday lunchtime and Chelsea travel to Leeds the following day.
Though they could be in more hot water should the FA deem their behaviour or comments warrant further punishment. There could also be repercussions for both clubs.
On the Conte clash, Tuchel said: ‘I don’t have any [bad feelings] and I’m sure he will not have any. We both fought for our teams. Both dugouts are very close, so it got a bit heated. Nobody got insulted, nobody got hurt. We didn’t have a fist fight. So for me it is not a big deal.’
He said: ‘Nobody got insulted, nobody got hurt. We didn’t have a fist fight. It is not a big deal’
Conte said: ‘The referee showed me a red card but he didn’t understand the dynamic of what happened, but it’s ok I have to accept. There is a video to understand what happened. For sure I am not passive. If I see aggressivity, then my answer is with aggressivity but I repeat this is not a problem.
‘To enjoy I think that what happened we did enjoy but next time we will pay more attention and don’t shake the hands and we solve the problem.
‘He stays in my bench, I stay in my bench, with my staff on one side and no problem about this. It would be a pity if for this situation we miss the next game.’