English referee, Mike Dean, has opened up about events that led to Tottenham’s equalizer against Chelsea in their English Premier League (EPL) clash last Sunday.
The referee was charged with duties as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) over the weekend.
The game saw many contentious possible red card situations and goal overrule, chief of which was Tottenham’s defender, Cristian Romero’s hair thug on Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella in the buildup to Harry Jane’s added time equalizer at the Bridge.
The game ended 2-2 but many had expected the VAR to instruct referee, Anthony Taylor, to review the incident, with others wondering why Taylor himself did not blow his whistle seeing as he was very close to the scene of the crime.
VAR, Mike Dean, has, however, come out to state that he saw absolutely nothing wrong with the challenge, while passing the bulk of the blame on the match day referee, Anthony Taylor.
“In the few seconds I had to study Romero pulling Cucurella’s hair, I didn’t deem it a violent act,” Dean blurted out.
After much reflection, though, the veteran official admitted that he could have done more to quench the controversy that his failure sparked.
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“I’ve since studied the footage, spoken to other referees and, upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to take a look for himself,” he admitted.
“I asked Referee Anthony Taylor to wait while I looked at the incident involving Romero and Cucurella.
“I couldn’t 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,” Dean pointed out.
The match official who has been known to issue numerous red cards against Chelsea in matches he officiated involving the Club World Champions, concluded that, despite his wealth of experience, he was still “learning.”
“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,” Dean concluded.
The incident has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Chelsea players and fans with many calling for both match officials to be banned from officiating any Chelsea games over their perceived bias against the club.