Drama surrounding VAR returned last weekend after Spurs' Cristian Romero pulled new Chelsea signing Marc Cucurella by the hair during the feisty clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.
Mike Dean was on VAR duty last Sunday and although he did not have the power to award a free kick to Chelsea in his role, he admitted that he should have instructed referee Anthony Taylor to review the incident.
🟥 Red Card Offence
Dermot Gallagher says VAR should have advised Anthony Taylor to take a look at the Marc Cucurella hair pulling incident as it was a red card offence by Cristian Romero.
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In his Daily Mail column, Mike Dean said:
"No referee wants to be driving home from a game knowing they should have made a different call. Sometimes in hindsight, you realise you could have acted differently.
"For the second goal by Harry Kane, I asked referee Anthony Taylor to wait while I looked at the incident involving Tottenham's Cristian Romero and Chelsea's Marc Cucurella.
Mike Dean also came the the conclusion that he should have instructed Anthony Taylor to review the hair pull by Cristian Romero.
"I've since studied the footage, spoken to other referees and, upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to take a look for himself. The referee on field always has the final say."
Dean hung up whistle last season but continues to work in football as a VAR official. He also maintains a weekly column, which is unusual for a (VAR) referee in the firing line.
On Friday evening, the Premier League handed out fines of £35k to Tuchel and £15k to Conte for their roles in the post-match handshake spat. Tuchel will be suspended for this weekend's game.