Chelsea vs Tottenham: Mike Dean admits mistake for foul by Marc Cucurella | Soccer

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Mike Dean was the VAR official for Chelsea vs Tottenham (Picture: Sky Sports/Getty)

Video assistant referee Mike Dean has admitted he made a mistake by not asking Anthony Taylor to review the foul on Marc Cucurella during the game Chelsea’s draw against Tottenham on Sunday.

In the middle of injury time at Stamford Bridge, when the score was 2-1, Cucurella was fouled in the penalty area by Cristian Romero after the Argentine grabbed the Spaniard by the hair and pulled him to the ground.

However, the onfield referee Taylor did not notice the foul, and while Dean paused play so he could take a quick look at the incident, he deemed it not worth reviewing and allowed play to continue.

Just seconds later, Harry Kane equalized from a corner, sparking furious scenes among the Chelsea players and their manager Thomas Tuchel, who later got involved in a heated argument with his opposite number Antonio Conte.

Tuchel later blasted the officials in his post-match interviews for their poor decision-making, and many who analyzed the game afterwards agreed that the foul certainly deserved a red card that would have prevented Tottenham from tying the score.

Now Dean has spoken out publicly about the incident, saying the decision he made during the game was the wrong one.

“I wouldn’t be able to award a free kick as a VAR but I would recommend Taylor to visit the referee review area to consider a possible red card,” Dean wrote in a column for The Mail.

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Harry Kane scored just seconds after Marc Cucurella was fouled (Picture: Reuters)

“In the few seconds that I had to watch Romero pull Cucurella’s hair, I didn’t consider it an act of violence.

“Since then I’ve studied the footage, spoken to other referees and after some deliberation I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitchside monitor to see for himself. The referee on the pitch always has the last word.

“It shows that no matter how experienced you are, and I’ve spent more than two decades as a Premier League official, you’re always learning. It’s disappointing for me as it was an incident on what was otherwise a very good weekend for our officials. Decisions are discussed – that is the life of a referee.”

Cucurella believes Cristian Romero pulling his hair was a “clear foul” (Picture: Getty)

There was also controversy over Tottenham’s first equalizer when Kai Havertz was fouled in the build-up and Richarlison appeared to block Edouard Mendy from an offside position.

But Dean dismissed both claims, adding: “This one was relatively easy. I can’t go back 44 seconds to see Rodrigo Bentancur’s potential foul on Kai Havertz.

“It’s outside the attacking phase of the game – the Tottenham player has a toe on the ball anyway – so that wasn’t a factor in whether [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg’s goal should stand.

“The question was whether Richarlison intervened from an offside position. When Hojbjerg’s shot came, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had my eye on the ball. His line of sight wasn’t clearly blocked, so he was on the side.’

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