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Thomas Tuchel asks ‘when can we pull hair in a football match?’ after fiery Chelsea draw with Spurs

‘I’m surprised Cucurella isn’t BALD!’: Chelsea fans fume as Cristian Romero avoids punishment in VAR check for pulling Spaniard’s HAIR… as a furious Thomas Tuchel insists Spurs defender should have been sent off

Chelsea fans claimed Cristian Romero’s controversial late tussle with Marc Cucurella could have left the Blues defender bald seconds before Tottenham‘s 96th-minute equaliser in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A VAR check resulted in no punishment after centre-back Romero appeared to grab hold of Cucurella’s flowing locks in an incident shortly before Harry Kane scored a last-gasp leveller in the 2-2 draw.

Chelsea manager Tuchel told Sky Sports: ‘Since when can we pull hair in a football match? They checked and nothing happened — absolutely ridiculous.’

Marc Cucurella felt his hair had been pulled in a contentious late tussle with Cristian Romero

Marc Cucurella felt his hair had been pulled in a contentious late tussle with Cristian Romero

The penalty area incident was checked by a VAR review seconds before Tottenham made it 2-2

The penalty area incident was checked by a VAR review seconds before Tottenham made it 2-2

Some supporters were furious at the lack of action taken against Romero during the fiery clash, which saw Tuchel and Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte physically confront each other more than once before both being sent off.

Agreeing with Tuchel, one supporter boggled: ‘I’m genuinely surprised Cucurella’s not bald, the way Romero ripped his hair.’

Conte claimed he had not seen the incident, while a baffled fan labelled Tottenham’s goals a ‘robbery’. 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was furious that the challenge on his defender went unpunished

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was furious that the challenge on his defender went unpunished

Romero (right), who was also involved in a row with Kai Havertz, escaped action over the clash

Romero (right), who was also involved in a row with Kai Havertz, escaped action over the clash

‘Both came off clear fouls,’ they raged. ‘Havertz was getting fouled for the first Tottenham goal and Romero pulled Cucurella’s hair for the second. Should have been sent off.’

Robbie Mustoe, who played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and Charlton, described the ‘awful hair pull’ as violent conduct and ‘an act of brutality.’ 

Some fans on social media could not believe that defender Romero suffered no consequences

Some fans on social media could not believe that defender Romero suffered no consequences

Many agreed with Tuchel that a clear hair pull against the rules had taken place inside the area

Many agreed with Tuchel that a clear hair pull against the rules had taken place inside the area

‘That’s a red card,’ the former midfielder insisted. ‘It could have affected the ensuing corner. VAR fail.’ 

Hugely popular Tottenham fan site The Spurs Web responded by sharing an image that appeared to show Cucurella, who was making his full Chelsea debut after joining from Brighton on August 5, treading on the grounded Romero’s knee during the first half. 

One Chelsea devotee felt Romero's act was so violent that it could have cost Cucurella his hair

One Chelsea devotee felt Romero’s act was so violent that it could have cost Cucurella his hair

Ex-player Robbie Mustoe, who now works as a pundit, said a red card should have been shown

Ex-player Robbie Mustoe, who now works as a pundit, said a red card should have been shown

That did not deter irate onlookers from venting their feelings at referee Anthony Taylor in the immediate aftermath of the incendiary showdown.

‘No violent conduct by Romero when he pulls Cucurella to the ground by his hair and his neck,’ laughed one in astonishment.

Referee Anthony Taylor cropped criticism for his display amid wild scenes at Stamford Bridge

Referee Anthony Taylor cropped criticism for his display amid wild scenes at Stamford Bridge

This viewer agreed with Mustoe that Romero should have seen red for the contentious moment

This viewer agreed with Mustoe that Romero should have seen red for the contentious moment

‘Kane scores from the corner afterwards. It’s absolutely criminal. Two fouls. Two goals. Well done, referee — well done.’

Tuchel was adamant that Tottenham scored unfairly. ‘Both goals should not stand,’ said the manager, who raced along the touchline when Reece James made it 2-1 to the hosts after 77 minutes.

‘Only one team deserved to win — that was us. I don’t know how many tactical fouls [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg and [Rodrigo] Bentancur did today.’

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