Thomas Tuchel WILL serve a one-game touchline ban against Leicester today following his fiery clash with Spurs’ Antonio Conte… but the Chelsea boss insists his rival should face the same punishment
- Thomas Tuchel will be banned for touchline when Chelsea take on Leicester
- Tuchel was punished following his clash with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte
- The Chelsea boss admits it’s ‘hard to understand’ why Conte wasn’t punished too
- Tuchel admitted he will be ‘a bit more distant emotionally’ whilst in the stands
Thomas Tuchel will serve his one-game touchline ban for his bust-up with Antonio Conte against Leicester on Saturday but insists the Tottenham boss should have faced the same punishment.
Tuchel challenged the independent regulatory commission’s decision to suspend him after assessing the explanation, claiming it was ‘excessive in all circumstances’.
But that protestation was rejected by an FA appeal board on Friday, who upheld the decision and also ordered him to pay the £1,600 costs of the appeal board and the £100 appeal fee.
Thomas Tuchel (L) will serve a one-game touchline ban following his clash with Antonio Conte
The appeal board’s written reasons criticised Tuchel for a ‘worrying lack of insight’ in attempting to lay a greater share of blame with Conte for the spat following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Spurs that saw both of them sent off.
But Tuchel, who also received the bigger fine — £35,000 compared to Conte’s £15,000, said: ‘My understanding was that we both had our impact in this situation and both got sent off.
‘I can understand that I get a ban, I get a fine. What I don’t understand is that the other coach does not get the same punishment. It’s hard to understand.’
Tuchel accepts being banned and fined but feels Conte should have got the same punishment
The flashpoint occurred minutes after Cristian Romero escaped punishment for pulling Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella’s hair just before Harry Kane’s stoppage-time equaliser.
Tuchel added: ‘I don’t think I started the aggression, it started earlier. I don’t think I was the only person involved. We both got a red card.
‘A player pulled another player by his hair two minutes earlier. He can play on, he is not banned. For a firm handshake at the end of the match, one coach is banned.
Tuchel says Cristian Romero pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair is what caused tensions to rise
‘This is very hard to accept but I have to accept it. Putting it into context, I cannot understand.’
The FA confirmed Tuchel’s touchline ban for the Leicester game in a statement yesterday evening. Tuchel will take his seat in the stands just above the dugouts but will still be able to address his players before and during the game in the dressing room.
Tuchel admitted N’Golo Kante’s injury record must be considered ahead of a new contract
He added: ‘The distance to the pitch will also help me to be a bit more distant emotionally.’
Meanwhile, Tuchel admitted N’Golo Kante’s injury record cannot be ignored as Chelsea weigh up whether to hand him a new contract.
The £290,000-per-week former Leicester midfielder is in the final year of his deal.
Kante is out for at least four weeks due to a hamstring problem having missed 23 games in the last two seasons due to injury and illness.
Tuchel, who last season described him as Chelsea’s equivalent to Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne or Kylian Mbappe in terms of importance, said: ‘No, you cannot (disregard it).
‘You have to consider everything that is on the table, and on the table is his potential, on the table is his influence, and his quality.
‘But on the table is his age, his salary and his injury rate, of course. From there you build a whole picture and try to find a solution.’