‘I’m surprised Cucurella isn’t bald!’: Chelsea fans furious as Cristian Romero avoids punishment at VAR check for pulling the Spaniard’s hair… while an enraged Thomas Tuchel insists the Spurs -Defender should have been sent off
Chelsea fans have claimed Cristian Romero’s controversial late spat with Marc Cucurella could have left the Blues defender bald seconds before Tottenham’s 96th-minute equalizer in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
A VAR review led to no further action after centre-back Romero appeared to grab Cucurella’s luscious hair in an incident just before Harry Kane’s last-minute equalizer in the 2-2 draw.
Chelsea manager Tuchel told Sky Sports: ‘Since when can we pull hair in a football game? They checked and nothing happened – absolutely ridiculous.”
Marc Cucurella felt his hair had been pulled in a controversial late-night argument with Cristian Romero
The incident in the box 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 clash on more than one occasion before both were sent off.
A supporter agreed with Tuchel and was stunned: “I’m really surprised Cucurella isn’t bald like Romero tore his hair.”
Conte claimed he did not see the incident but a stunned fan labeled Tottenham’s goals a ‘robbery’.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was furious that the challenge to his defender went unpunished
Romero (r.), who was also involved in a dispute with Kai Havertz, escaped from the action during the argument
“Both Tottenham goals came from clear fouls,” they raged. ‘Havertz was fouled for Tottenham’s first goal and Romero pulled Cucurella’s hair for the second. Should have been sent.”
Robbie Mustoe, who played for Middlesbrough and Charlton in the Premier League, described the “terrible hair pulling” as violent behavior and “an act of brutality”.
“It’s a red card,” emphasized the former midfielder. “It could have affected the following corner. VAR error.’
The hugely popular Tottenham fansite The Spurs Web responded by releasing an image that appeared to show Cucurella, who made his full Chelsea debut after moving from Brighton on August 5, stepping on the knee of a prone Romero.
That didn’t stop viewers from expressing their feelings to referee Anthony Taylor after the arson showdown.
“No violent behavior from Romero when he pulls Cucurella by the hair and neck to the ground,” laughed one in astonishment.
‘Kane then scores from the corner. It is absolutely CRIMINAL. Two fouls. two goals. Well done referee – well done.”