Tuchel risks FA charge over comments about referee Anthony Taylor
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Tuchel risks FA charge over comments about referee Anthony Taylor

Thomas Tuchel might face an FA penalty after making comments criticizing referee Anthony Taylor before Chelsea's 1-0 win over Brentford.

Following the tense 0-0 draw with Liverpool in August, in which Reece James was sent off, the German was notified of a fan-led petition seeking Taylor's removal from future Chelsea games.

The online vote received almost 80,000 signatures.

When queried about Taylor on Friday, Tuchel dismissed any worries, although his remarks might still be considered a violation of FA Rule E3.1, which carries a number of potential sanctions, including a charge and a punishment.

The Chelsea manager said on Friday: “I trust in the referees and I trust in Anthony Taylor that he will try to have the best performance.
 
“Do we need a top referee? Yes. Do we need good decisions from VAR or maybe no decisions from VAR? Yes. Do we need a little bit of luck? Yes. And, hopefully, we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor.”

In as much as Tuchel did not criticize Taylor, managers are not allowed to discuss officials prior to games.

What are the rules?

FA guidance states: “Any pre-match comments in the media or on social media concerning an appointed match official, whether they are identified by name or implication, will be treated as a breach of FA Rule E3.1.”

Tuchel is, however, more likely to be warned about his behavior in the future than to face a more serious penalty.

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