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The German has been informed of a fan-led petition demanding that Taylor be removed from future Chelsea games following the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in August which saw Reece James sent off.

Over 80,000 fans signed up for the online survey.

Tuchel dismissed any concerns about Taylor when asked about the referee on Friday – but his comments could still be viewed as a violation of FA Rule E3.1, which provides for a number of potential penalties, including a charge and a fine.

The Chelsea manager said on Friday: “I have confidence in the referees and I have confidence in Anthony Taylor that he will try to have the best performance.

“Do we need a high level referee? Yes. Do we need good VAR decisions or maybe not VAR decisions? Yes. Do we need a little luck? Yes. And, hopefully, we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor. “

Although Tuchel has not criticized Taylor, managers are not allowed to discuss officials before games.

The FA guidelines state: “Any pre-match comment in media or social media regarding a designated match official, whether identified by name or by implication, will be treated as a breach of Rule E3. .1 of the FA. “

Tuchel is likely to be warned of his future conduct, rather than receiving more severe punishment.

Pep Guardiola was warned by the FA of comments he made about Taylor in 2018 ahead of a Manchester derby – but Jose Mourinho was fined £ 50,000 two years earlier for remarks he had made about the same referee before a clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Mourinho had already been warned of comments made about an official.

Tuchel’s previous good record since joining Chelsea in January means he is unlikely to be penalized heavily, but he could be asked to explain his comments.


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