The FA is getting serious in the Thomas Tuchel case! After his criticism of the referee, the association officially presses charges.

The English Football Association (FA) has officially charged Thomas Tuchel after his criticism of the referee. The 48-year-old was given until Thursday to make a statement.

After the derby against Tottenham Hotspur (2:2), Tuchel had indirectly demanded that referee Anthony Taylor should no longer referee Chelsea matches.

The anger was triggered by an unpunished tackle between Cristian Romero and Marc Cucurella in injury time, and the equaliser was awarded shortly afterwards. Video assistant Mike Dean later admitted that he should have pointed out the scene to Taylor.

Tuchel also suspended for one match

Tuchel was nevertheless incensed: it would “maybe be better” if Taylor didn’t manage any more Blues games, he says: “I can assure you that the whole dressing room thinks like that.”

Because Tuchel also clashed with Tottenham’s team manager Antonio Conte at the match, the German had already been banned for one game. However, the punishment has been suspended until an independent commission justifies it in writing.

In addition to the ban, Tuchel has to pay a fine of 35,000 pounds (41,300 euros), while Conte’s tense dispute only cost him 15,000 pounds (17,700 euros).