Mike Dean admits to making mistake when looking at Cristian Romero pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair as video assistant referee during Chelsea’s controversial draw to Tottenham August 18, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Mike Dean admits he should’ve acted differently when analysing an incident that saw Cristian Romero pull Marc Cucurella’s hair during Tottenham’s draw at Chelsea.

The feisty Stamford Bridge clash, which finished 2-2, was littered in controversy which included managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clashing after Spurs’ first goal and at full time.

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This was a particularly bad-tempered London derby

Dean decided no further action was needed against Romero despite him pulling the hair of Cucurella

Dean decided no further action was needed against Romero despite him pulling the hair of Cucurella

Spurs snatched a point in the final seconds of the match as Harry Kane headed home from a corner.

The corner was delayed after Cucurella went to ground with replays clearly showing he was pulled down by Romero with the Spurs defender tugging his opponent by the hair.

The incident was looked at by VAR but play was allowed to continue with Romero escaping without punishment.

Tuchel expressed his frustrations at Romero being allowed to get away with pulling his player’s hair – the anger at Chelsea’s end leading to an online petition demanding referee Anthony Taylor never officiate a match involving the Blues again.

However, Taylor was never told to look at the incident involving Cucurella and Romero on his pitchside monitor – something Dean now admits he should’ve done.

“Sometimes in hindsight, you realise you could have acted differently. I’ve now had time to reflect on Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge,” Dean said in his Daily Mail column.


A lot of vitriol has been directed at referee Taylor after the match

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A lot of vitriol has been directed at referee Taylor after the match

But Dean, now retired from refereeing but still working at Stockley Park, says he let Taylor down

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But Dean, now retired from refereeing but still working at Stockley Park, says he let Taylor down

“I asked referee Anthony Taylor to wait while I looked at the incident involving Tottenham’s Cristian Romero and Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella.

“I could not award a free-kick as VAR, but I could recommend to Taylor that he visit the referee review area to consider a possible red card. In the few seconds I had to study Romero pulling Cucurella’s hair, I didn’t deem it a violent act.

“I’ve since studied the footage, spoken to other referees and, upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitchside monitor to take a look for himself.

“The referee on field always has the final say. It goes to show that no matter how experienced you are, and I’ve spent more than two decades as a Premier League official, you are always learning.”

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