Marc Cucurella breaks silence on ‘ridiculous’ Chelsea v Tottenham incident

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella spoke about having his hair being pulled during a match against Tottenham.

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella is disappointed that VAR and centre referee Anthony Taylor allowed Tottenham defender Cristian Romero to go unpunished despite pulling him by the hair.

The Spanish defender who was making his home debut for the Blues has no doubt that the player should have been penalised.

But instead, Mike Dean - who was on VAR duty - did not deem it as violent conduct enough and Tottenham went on to take a corner, through which Harry Kane scored Tottenham’s equaliser.

Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly of Chelsea (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The incident has been one of the hot topics in sports news this week, overshadowing the brilliant performance the former Brighton and Hove Albion defender put in, including an assist for Kalidou Koulibaly’s first half volley.

Speaking to the press since swapping Brighton for London, he admitted being surprised such a glaring error was overlooked.


He said: “For me, it is too clear in the game, on the pitch.

“I didn’t see it on the TV, the video.

“I think it’s very clear but this is one error of the referee or VAR. Sometimes the referees have good decisions, sometimes not.”

Thomas Tuchel furious over incident

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel who saw his side pegged back by the Kane header was furious the goal was allowed to stand.

He even asserted the referee should not be allowed to take charge of future Chelsea games - comments which are likely to get him into trouble with the football association.


The German manager told Sky Sports after the game: “Since when can we pull hair in a football match?

“They checked and nothing happened — absolutely ridiculous.”

The Blues will now hope to get back to winning ways when they take on Leeds this weekend.

The Yorkshire side also threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at Southampton which makes the game over the weekend quite fascinating.