'Red card': Former PL referee claims Tottenham player definitely should have been sent off against Chelsea yesterday

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has claimed on Twitter that Cristian Romero should have been sent off just before Tottenham’s equaliser against Chelsea.

The Argentine was involved in an incident with minutes to go with Marc Cucurella, as the 24-year-old was helping the Blues defend a late corner.

The Spurs man appeared to pull at the hair of the Spain international, forcing him to the ground directly in front of referee Anthony Taylor.

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The issue was not spotted by the official, who certainly gained no fans again during his time at Stamford Bridge, however it was checked extensively by VAR.

Nothing eventually came of the incident, and Harry Kane equalised from the resulting corner, leaving fans, players and Thomas Tuchel visibly fuming.

There seemed so much uncertainty around the correct decision for the incident, however former referee Halsey has claimed it should’ve been a red card for Romero.

Halsey says Romero should have seen red

After journalist Olivia Buzaglo asked on Twitter how the incident didn’t end up with him walking, Halsey replied with: “A red card should have been shown for violent conduct.”

While the claims will surely make Blues fans feel no better about the result, and the nature of dropping two points in the final seconds to arch-rivals, they will at least feel vindicated in claims that they were not offered the best officiating that was possible.

Taylor has a murky history with the Blues, with a number of game changing moments controversially going against Chelsea under his watch.

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They will also feel aggrieved at circumstances surrounding Spurs’ first goal, where it appeared Kai Havertz was fouled moments before the ball hit the net down the other end.

There is also talk of Richarlison obstructing Edouard Mendy’s view of the shot from an offside position, however nothing was given.

The Blues will have to try and forget about the refereeing misfortunes and focus on how well they played in the match, taking similar form to face Leeds United next week.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.