The referee Mike Dean, who from this season no longer referees on the field, but is only a guru from the VAR room in the English Premier League, admitted to a big mistake made in the Chelsea-Tottenham derby.
Sunday’s game ended 2-2, and Dean and his brigade of observers in front of the monitors actually made a complete mess of their decisions several times, not just once. But the last of them turned out to be decisive.
At a corner for Tottenham, visiting defender Christian Romero pulled Chelsea’s Marc Cucurea by the hair (and he has wild curls) to prevent him from clearing the ball. A new corner kick was reached and from it the “Spurs” equalized in the last seconds.
If the offense had been judged, which was obvious even without the intervention of VAR, there would not have been a goal.
“The final decision rests with the referee on the field,” explained Dean. “It’s our fault because we didn’t pay attention to him, and he didn’t see the incident. We had a few seconds to look at what happened, but we didn’t make the right decision. Now I regret it, of course, because there was a goal.”
This was not the first error of the season by the English referees, nor even the first of the match.
In Tottenham’s 1:1 draw earlier in the match, there was a foul against Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, again not seen.
In the first two rounds alone, there are so many controversial decisions that a bunch of managers squealed.