Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Thomas Tuchel red card should have come earlier | Football

Advertisement

Thomas Tuchel ran down the touchline as Chelsea took a 2-1 lead (Picture: Getty/Sky Sports)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should have been sent off before full-time during Sunday’s tense London derby with Tottenham, says former referee Peter Walton.

Spurs twice came from behind in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge which was overshadowed by repeated clashes between Tuchel and Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, who were both shown red cards after squaring up at full-time when they went to shake hands.

But former Premier League referee Walton has explained that Tuchel should have been dismissed well before the ugly scenes at full-time due to his antics when Chelsea took a 2-1 lead on 77 minutes through Reece James.

‘Thomas Tuchel was fortunate to be on the touchline at full-time,’ Walton told The Times.

‘His celebration for Chelsea’s second goal, where he sprinted down the touchline, blatantly broke the rules against staff leaving the technical area.

‘The German had already been cautioned for his clash with Conte after Tottenham’s first equaliser, and could have easily been booked again here.’

Conte took to Instagram to address the incident after the match, and says he should have tripped Tuchel over.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5
video

Meanwhile, the FA have opened an investigation into Tuchel’s comments after the Blues’ draw with Tottenham, with the German suggesting Anthony Taylor should stop refereeing Chelsea games.

Tuchel was furious at various incidents, including Tottenham’s Cristian Romero escaping punishment despite grabbing Marc Cucurella’s hair.

‘He did have a case with his complaints over Cristian Romero’s hair-pull on Marc Cucurella,’ Walton added.

‘Pulling hair is violent conduct and Spurs were lucky that VAR did not instruct Anthony Taylor to go to the pitchside monitor.

‘For me, there was enough force for an offence. Romero and Cucurella were clearly tussling from a corner once it had been taken, so the Tottenham Hotspur man was tugging hair once the ball was in play.

‘Consequently, if violent conduct had been identified, Romero would have been sent off.’


MORE : Antonio Conte addresses tunnel bust-up with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic


MORE : Everton set asking price for Chelsea to sign Anthony Gordon

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
.

Chelsea FC

Share your story or advertise with us: Whatsapp: +2347068606071, 2348053062268, Email: info@newspotng.com


--Recommended Articles--