Mike Dean admits he made wrong decision as VAR over Cristian Romero’s hair pull on Marc Cucurella in Chelsea vs Tottenham
Tottenham’s Cristian Romero pulled Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella’s hair just before Spurs’ late equaliser at Stamford Bridge; VAR Mike Dean admits he was wrong not to punish Romero; Dean: “I should’ve asked [referee] (Anthony) Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to take a look”
Video Assistant Referee Mike Dean says he should have recommended referee Anthony Taylor to review Cristian Romero’s hair pull on Marc Cucurella for a possible red card in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea.
Dean, who was the VAR for the controversial game at Stamford Bridge, decided against any punishment for Romero at the time.
Spurs striker Harry Kane nodded in from the resulting corner for a stoppage-time leveller to deny Chelsea victory and spark ugly touchline clashes between the rival benches.
In his Daily Mail column, Dean admitted: “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.
“I could not award a free-kick as VAR, but I could recommend to Taylor that he visit the referee review area to consider a possible red card. In the few seconds I had to study Romero pulling Cucurella’s hair, I didn’t deem it a violent act.
“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.
“It goes to show that no matter how experienced you are, and I’ve spent more than two decades as a Premier League official, you are always learning.
“It’s disappointing for me as this was one incident in an otherwise very good weekend from our officials.”
Dean will not be in charge of VAR for the next round of Premier League fixtures after being given the weekend off following the controversial events at Chelsea.
The 54-year-old retired from on-field refereeing at the end of last season but has remained involved with the Premier League as a VAR.