Tuchel insistent he’ll use ‘no comment’ method on refs as Chelsea boss finds ban ‘hard to accept’

Thomas Tuchel has once again spoken about Premier League referees as the Chelsea boss has admitted that his touchline ban is “hard to accept”.

Tuchel expects his appeal against his one-match touchline ban to fail so he will not be in the dugout for Chelsea’s game against Leicester on Saturday.

The German was fined £35,000 and handed a suspended ban after his spats with Antonio Conte earlier this month during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw vs Spurs.

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An independent disciplinary panel suspended the touchline ban pending a possible Chelsea appeal, allowing Tuchel to be in the dugout in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Leeds.

Tuchel challenged that decision after receiving the written reasons for the punishment, but the German coach does not hold out hope for the call being overturned.

Conte was only fined £15,000 in comparison to Tuchel’s punishment, leaving the Blues boss quizzical over the disparity.

Disciplinary chiefs branded Tuchel’s full-time extended handshake with Conte as “highly provocative”, but the Chelsea boss had other views.

“I think there are two sides to it, the one side is that I got a red card and I behaved in a way that is not appropriate and I regret,” said Tuchel.

“But it was out of passion and I don’t think it was aggressive. But I can accept if I get a red card that there is a touchline ban.

“What is hard to accept is the context, that I don’t think I started the aggression, and that it started earlier. And we both got a red card.

“And for a firm handshake at the end of the match one coach is banned, this is very hard to accept, but I have to accept it.

“In future, you will just hear no comment from me on referees. No matter how big it is this is obviously what they want.”

Tuchel continues to wait for the outcome from another FA disciplinary charge, of bringing the game into disrepute for his comments on referee Anthony Taylor.

Tuchel said “maybe it would be better” if Taylor did not referee Chelsea again after the Tottenham draw, lamenting a number of decisions that went against the Blues.

VAR official Mike Dean later admitted in a newspaper column he should have ordered Taylor to review Cristian Romero’s hair pull on Marc Cucurella, that went unpunished.

Harry Kane headed home from the resulting corner to steal Tottenham a controversial 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, sparking ugly touchline scenes that led to both Conte and Tuchel being sent off.

Asked if he had appealed against his touchline ban, Tuchel replied: “Yeah, we answered and we wait for the final answer. But I don’t think that it will change anything.

“So in the moment I think I will be banned from the touchline, and that’s it.

“And we are trying to have a solution for this scenario that we have. The team will be well-prepared and it won’t be an excuse.

“I don’t think I will be on the bench so it’s not 100 per cent sure; we’re waiting for the last response.

“I think I cannot be on the sidelines as it seems, but I can be in the dressing room.”


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