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Dermot Gallagher Can't Believe VAR Didn't Take Action Over Cucurella Hair Pull

Dermot Gallagher Can't Believe VAR Didn't Take Action Over Cucurella Hair Pull
By Colman Stanley Updated

Ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has spoken of his surprise regarding VAR's decision not to punish Cristian Romero over his hair pull on Marc Cucurella, during yesterday's 2-2 draw between Spurs and Chelsea.

In the build-up to Harry Kane's last minute equaliser, VAR was called to have a look at the incident, but VAR referee Mike Dean decided not to send referee Anthony Taylor to the screen.

I think the VAR should intervene," said Gallagher on Sky Sports. "I'm not sure the referee has seen it, I think he looks down but I think he does it instinctively. I think he watches the flight of the ball. He does look down, but I think it has already happened.

"The VAR has the perfect look. As soon as I saw it, I said, 'I think he is going to get a red card here, he's pulled him down by the hair'. I anticipated the VAR sending Anthony Taylor to the screen. I know for a fact that if Anthony had been sent to the screen, he would have given a red card and a free-kick to Chelsea."

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After Taylor waved play-on, Spurs would equalise from the subsequent corner, which lead to wild celebration from the away fans, before the final whistle and the Conte/Tuchel post-match bust up.

Chelsea manager Tuchel also felt aggrieved over Taylor's decision not to award a free-kick to Kai Havertz in the build-up to Spurs' first goal.

Gallagher agreed that it was a free-kick offence, however, he pointed out that VAR could not go back that far as it happened 44 seconds before the goal was scored.

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Gallagher also said that there was an argument that the first goal should have been disallowed over the offside Richarlison interfering with play.

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