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Referee dropped from duties for the next set of games in the wake of Chelsea and Spurs officiating controversy

Following the controversy that engulfed the London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on Sunday, Mike Dean has been denied VAR duties for the upcoming round of Premier League games.

However, referee Anthony Taylor will officiate a game this weekend.

The London rivalry ended in a 2-2 draw, with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claiming in his post-match interview that both Spurs goals should not have stood.

The FA is now looking into his comments about Taylor (Evening Standard).

Tottenham’s first goal, a long-range equalizer from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, enraged the Chelsea bench for two reasons.

Initially, the Blues thought Rodrigo Bentancur fouled Kai Havertz at the other end of the field before Spurs launched a counter-attack. 

Although there was contact with the Chelsea attacker, replays showed Bentancur had the ball first.

Second, Richarlison, who was in an offside position, could have obstructed Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s view, preventing him from stopping Hojbjerg’s effort. This goal was accepted by both Anthony Taylor and Mike Dean in VAR.

Then, in the build-up to Harry Kane’s 96th-minute equalizer, an incident in the box involving Spurs defender Cristian Romero and Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella appeared to have gone unnoticed by match officials.

The nature of these controversies, combined with Tuchel’s post-game comments, sparked an online petition from Chelsea fans to bar Anthony Taylor from future games. 

By Monday, the petition had received over 100,000 signatures (Football.London).

While a respected official is unlikely to be barred from overseeing a specific club’s fixtures, the fallout from the weekend’s game has seen recently-retired referee Mike Dean removed from VAR duties for the next set of games.

According to the Premier League, Dean will have the week off for game week three of the Premier League season. 

According to the Mirror, the VAR was ‘ditched’ from the schedule. Meanwhile, Anthony Taylor will take charge of West Ham’s match against Brighton on Sunday.

Referee dropped from duties for the next set of games in the wake of Chelsea and Spurs officiating controversy

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