Thu 18 August 2022 | 18:26

Mike Dean admits to getting decision on Cucurella’s hair pull wrong

Mike Dean has said that he should have told referee Anthony Taylor that Cristian Romero had pulled Marc Cucurella's hair when he tackled him.

Romero pulled

Marc Cucurella

down by his hair during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but he evaded punishment for violent behavior despite replays confirming he had done so.

Harry Kane

scored after Ivan Perisic's corner, and referee Taylor was criticized for not sending off Romero.

Mike Dean

, the VAR at Stamford Bridge, has accepted full responsibility for not referring Taylor to the pitch-side monitor. He admitted that not suggesting he watched the tape for potential violent conduct was wrong.

"NO REFEREE wants to leave a game regretting a call. You always want to do your best, whether you're a VAR looking for blatant faults or a referee, assistant, or fourth official.

"In retrospect, you might have acted differently. Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge has given me time to contemplate. As VAR at Stockley Park, we conducted discussions following the 2-2 draw between


and Tottenham to examine what happened. Like athletes, we discuss our incidents.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

scored Tottenham's first equalizer. Simple enough.

Rodrigo Bentancur's

 possible foul against Kai Havertz happened 44 seconds ago. Hojbjerg's goal should stand because the Tottenham player touched the ball outside the attacking period. They questioned Richarlison's offside. Edouard Mendy saw Hojbjerg's shot when it was taken, and didn't block his line of vision, so it was onside and 1-1.

"As for "the second goal by Harry Kane, I asked referee Anthony Taylor to wait while I looked at the incident involving TottenhaTottenham'sn Romero and Chelsea'Chelsea'scurella. 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 CucurelCucurella'sI didn't commit a violent act.

"I've s "I've studied the footage, spoken to other referees, and, upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to look for himself. The referee on the field always has the final say. It shows that no matter how experienced you are, and I've spenI'vere than two decades as a Premier League official, you are always learning.

"It's dis. "Testing for me as this was one incident from our officials in an otherwise perfect weekend. Decisions are debated – that's of a referee. There were some perfectly officiated games elsewhere, like Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Monday night which capped a great weekend of Premier League football."

source: SportMob

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