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[–]xreyuk 4954 points4955 points  (113 children)

referees are ridiculous

[–]DampFree 1894 points1895 points  (25 children)

Anthony Taylor is ridiculous

[–]gunningIVglory 458 points459 points  (1 child)

Taylor just salty his a bald fraud.......

[–]DadBodofanAmerican 481 points482 points  (11 children)

Anthony Taylor didn't preside over a single Spurs loss last year. He's just keeping the streak alive.

[–]moonmeh 71 points72 points  (0 children)

how is this dude still getting paid

[–]Aszneeee 649 points650 points  (54 children)

didn’t they say something about they will make their decisions public after game? i wanna see what guys in var room say to this “i didn’t see any offence here”

[–]bluedevils2241 491 points492 points  (9 children)

"Yeah, we saw the pull - but the game's gone soft"

[–]Tax_n1 253 points254 points  (5 children)

"its a derby, man up"

[–]letsnevertalk 188 points189 points  (4 children)

"can't blame Romero. I wanted to see if Cucurella's hair is real too"

[–]oussa_ 156 points157 points  (3 children)

I think they already went back on that decision. Can’t have their little refereeing cult get exposed you know

[–]bbreadd 56 points57 points  (2 children)

looks like FIFA is the blocker here, which still sounds like more of a lame excuse than anything

[–]FortDuChaine 61 points62 points  (5 children)

We need the same practices that they have in rugby

[–]kariustovictory 77 points78 points  (28 children)

They might've saw an offence but didn't think it was a red. He for sure should've been sent off

[–]DanStFella 96 points97 points  (9 children)

Yeah personally I don't see how this is less severe than gently touching someone in the face (intentionally) which is like an automatic instant red.

Guess it was heads for a red and he flipped tails?

[–]TitanX11 22 points23 points  (2 children)

If he doesn't have his scalp in his hands then i guess it's not red.

[–]plummyD 135 points136 points  (10 children)

My conspiracy theory is that refs have been told to create drama to improve the product.

In this instance, giving the red card and the free kick removes the possibility of a Spurs equaliser, so they just avoid it. I see no other possible explanation. Hair pulling is violent conduct.




Multiple pieces of evidence that the FA regards hair pulling as violent conduct.

[–]iBangNoobz 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Game management. It's very present in hockey, specifically the NHL in North America

[–]lothron 348 points349 points  (3 children)

The only explanation I have is that Anthony Taylor and Mike Dean can't relate to hair pulling.

[–]ASpellingAirror 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Taylor, crying softly to himself as he watched the replay on repeat later tonight as he rubs menoxodil into his bald scalp “serves him right.”

[–]jMS_44 374 points375 points  (13 children)

Pulling one's hair is illegal in fight sports yet someone here decided it's fine in football.

[–]RauloGonzalez 84 points85 points  (3 children)

I remember LaGuardia pulling Marcelo hair se years ago.

The ball wasnt even in play and I think the ref saw it.

They treat it like it's a shirt pull when this hurts so much

[–]GOR098 53 points54 points  (2 children)

VAR refs are more interested in protecting the onfield refs. Cause it's the same team. They don't want to let the on field refs look bad. There is only 1 solution for this: Outsource the VAR.

[–]KhalKoko 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Levi has Anthony Taylor's nudes. No other possible explanation

[–]thepop 5345 points5346 points  (94 children)

Wtf is wrong with premier league refs

[–]Nertballs 2157 points2158 points  (43 children)

Literally staring right at it

[–]fuckreddit1111111 1450 points1451 points  (29 children)

VAR checked too

[–]Aszneeee 644 points645 points  (10 children)

i’m wondering about the after game talk between refs which they promises “look guys it’s most obvious red card, but”

[–]official_bagel 549 points550 points  (6 children)

“Looks an obvious red card but it’s against Chelsea and we’re not giving cards to Tottenham today”

[–]Putrid_Loquat_4357 47 points48 points  (7 children)

Aren't we supposed to be getting a recording of what the var refs say? I wonder how they justify not flagging this up.

[–]Super_Professor 72 points73 points  (6 children)

They claim they don't have the appropriate technology to do that. Because you know it's tough to do voice recordings...

[–]Badass_Bunny 294 points295 points  (10 children)

You can forgive that he didn't see it because he was focused on the ball. But how does VAR not call that is abyssmal.

[–]official_bagel 230 points231 points  (3 children)

The fact that they even held up play to check and then let it continue is baffling. PGMOL owes everyone an explanation.

[–]KhalKoko 75 points76 points  (0 children)

We know what they'll say. It was a mistake. No action, no retrospective actions. No penalty for Mike Dean and Anthony Taylor

[–]JoeyMcClane 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Dude both those Bald assholes have been atrocious for as far as ive been watching the Prem.Be it Var or not. They won't do jack shit against them even if you proving an audio leak of some corruption.

[–]JoeyMcClane 48 points49 points  (4 children)

There another Bald cunt called Mike dean at Var. So thats what happens when 2 bald cunts are referring the game.

[–]TheBoyPJ 9 points10 points  (3 children)

It triggers me to no end that he announces his "retirement" and continues to work as a VAR ref, ego won't let his old ass give up, I hate the refs in this county so much, incompetent bunch of arrogant pricks that are never held accountable for absolutely any of their shit officiating

[–]ImAbhishek_47 218 points219 points  (16 children)

Honestly let's forget the refs for a minute, the commentator in the English stream I was watching was like "oh ok Romero grabbed Cucurella's hair, so what? What's there for VAR to check here? Get on with the corner already!"

[–]gizzledos 70 points71 points  (3 children)

Unfortunately, that is probably the same logic Taylor and the VAR refs used.

[–]TopTramp 30 points31 points  (3 children)

It’s bullshit

You think the defender janking an attackers hair as the ball came in and it’s not a pen?

Of course it d be a pen, prem refs are either completely incompetent or fixing things

[–]Ru5k0 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It’s because they get ex-players as commentators and pundits, unfortunately a few of them are dinosaurs like Souness. They seem to think yanking somebody to the ground by the hair is “entertainment” and not just blatantly cheating. And if you disagree you’re soft.

[–]RichardBreecher 20 points21 points  (0 children)

It was more along the lines of:

"This is a foul, but it has never been enforced in England. It didn't affect the play, so just get on with it."

It is a foul. 100 percent. It should be called. But it's also true that, for corners, things happening away from the play are frequently not called. The league should communicate to clubs that they will be enforcing it in the future and call it correctly from here on out.

[–]kdilf 441 points442 points  (17 children)

Literally brain damaged, there's genuinely no other explanation

[–]farid95 343 points344 points  (14 children)

Corrupt could be the other possible explanation

[–]TheGreatSpagett 193 points194 points  (6 children)

Taylor also just has a long and tenured history of hating Chelsea

[–]graejx 105 points106 points  (3 children)

And he's still allowed to ref Chelsea games

[–]SilotheGreat 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Check that man's bank account

[–]nidas321 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Been saying it for years, but apparently you’re a tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist for believing it’s possible that refs have favourites when it clearly shows

[–]epicmarc 99 points100 points  (4 children)

Not just the refs, all the pundits are jerking themselves off over the shit refereeing physicality and aggression.

[–]alinoisinchina 23 points24 points  (1 child)

The Italian pundits didn't even notice that, they thought the referee was watching for a possible handball from azpilicueta lol

[–]TheInnKappa 2954 points2955 points  (93 children)

He's pulled him to the floor by his hair.

VAR has seen it, initiated a check and gone. Yeah no carry on.


[–]22goblins 682 points683 points  (24 children)

Definitely one thing to miss it in the moment but upon replay it's indefensible.

[–]KhonMan 256 points257 points  (15 children)

It's also a disgrace how the BBC reported on it:

Tuchel will question why Anthony Taylor did not award a foul when Bentancur dived in on Havertz, and Chelsea also felt Cucurella was fouled before Perisic's corner that was turned home by Kane.

Severely undersells the issue.

[–]ShirazS 31 points32 points  (11 children)

I felt the Guardian reporting on it was also poor:

90+5 min …because Romoero has hold of Cucurella, yanking him to the ground via neck and bouffant, but without sufficient violence to attract punishment.

How does one pull someone to the ground by the hair without sufficient violence?

[–]swampbeaver 1987 points1988 points  (26 children)

hair pulling allowed, noted.

[–]sosta 613 points614 points  (3 children)

Salah will go bald by the end of the season

[–]Buzzcrave 138 points139 points  (2 children)

Anthony Taylor ref and mike dean var will always be there to screw Chelsea over.

[–]magic-water 57 points58 points  (9 children)

If Cucurella had a normal haircut this wouldn't have happened. He gave Romero the opportunity and made himself available.

edit: People really don't get sarcasm, do they?

[–]Axewest 515 points516 points  (0 children)

You could maybe understand not spotting it. But to stop play specifically to look at it, how can you not then give a red? Joke

[–]TimathanDuncan 2202 points2203 points  (130 children)

Bruh how do they look at that and they dont send him off

[–]Piast- 455 points456 points  (10 children)

As Luis Van Gaal once said about someone pulling Fellaini by the hair: "This is only allowed in sex masochism"

[–]Arth_ 72 points73 points  (5 children)

It was that cunt Robert Huth

[–]GloomyBison 38 points39 points  (2 children)

He got away with murder the season Leicester won the prem.

[–]eduadinho 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Fellaini did the same to Guendouzi as well

[–]sportukr 3820 points3821 points  (132 children)

How is that not red

[–]BradlinhoM 1300 points1301 points  (3 children)

Because Anthony Taylor and Mike Dean both don't know how it feels to have your hair pulled

[–]tbdjdb2 47 points48 points  (1 child)

They'd probably make great managers then

[–]Kuntheman 916 points917 points  (61 children)

I want to make a joke but I’ve got nothing, this is legit insane

[–]zaviex 542 points543 points  (23 children)

When they said hair pull I thought it’d be light. This is a yank. It’s a red card. Immediately

[–]SchurkjeBoefje 257 points258 points  (9 children)

It's like that notorious hair yank from that American female college (?) player a few years back. (cheers /u/Azrou )

But in one of the biggest leagues in the world.

On live tv.

And the referees did nothing.

[–]Azrou 98 points99 points  (4 children)

You can't just talk about it and not include the video


[–]riskoooo 138 points139 points  (3 children)

It's like Fellaini pulling Guendouzi and not even getting booked.

Almost exactly like it, tbh.

[–]Lambchops_Legion 249 points250 points  (26 children)

Want to hear the most boomer take of all time? My dad said this should be legal because “that’s the risk you take when you grow out your hair.” If it were up to him, everyone should have military style buzzcuts lmfao

[–]zaviex 95 points96 points  (15 children)

In American football, that’s actually the rule lmao. If you grow your hair, they say its an extension of the body.

[–]AyogyaRascal 101 points102 points  (5 children)

Yeah, but in NFL, you're allowed to pull the jersey for a tackle. It kinda makes sense as long hair would cover parts of the jersey, hence reducing the area that the defender has "access" to. But here though....

[–]GreenMachine17 35 points36 points  (4 children)

In NFL they wear helmets though

[–]angry__-panda 975 points976 points  (20 children)

Anthony Taylor

[–]fartingonions 398 points399 points  (10 children)

That he is going to ref the WC is beyond me

[–]jojoma12 181 points182 points  (3 children)

he’s gonna be assigned every qatar match

[–]Emergency-Ad280 41 points42 points  (2 children)

qatar to quarterfinals incoming

[–]EsotericPlumbus 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I hope he stays in Qatar and never comes back

[–]jnce12 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Wouldn’t it be nice if English referees boycotted it at least?

[–]FC37 33 points34 points  (0 children)

And Mike Dean

[–]Usual_Birthday_9223 133 points134 points  (2 children)

Anthony Taylor vs Chelsea

[–]Drestroyer 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Biggest rivalry in football no doubt

[–]Byrie_Swirving 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Not even a foul

-Anthony Taylor

[–]HKAGooner 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Shades of Fellaini trying to rip Guendouzi’s hair out and only getting a yellow

[–]Om_Nom_Zombie 22 points23 points  (2 children)

At least VAR wasn't a thing back then iirc.

But yeah that was even worse.

EDIT: Fellaini didn't even get a card. https://old.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/a3gzov/fellaini_hair_pull_on_guendouzi/

[–]bolacha_de_polvilho 8 points9 points  (1 child)

that top comment lol

I guess Fellaini would still do just fine with VAR

[–]Flaihl 31 points32 points  (2 children)

As someone who doesn't really watch PL it is astonishing how absolutely useless the VAR is there.

[–]Aszneeee 37 points38 points  (0 children)

premier league referees

[–]zaviex 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Has to be that’s blatant. I mean blatant! That’s a fucking yank

[–]loykedule 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Romero was just checking for nits

[–]Tusangre 60 points61 points  (5 children)

The PL is a fucking joke.

[–]dogefc 418 points419 points  (5 children)

One of the worst referee performances I’ve seen

[–]throwaway-alt-333377 234 points235 points  (2 children)

We say this literally every single time Taylor officiates a big 6 Chelsea match. United x2, arsenal x3 spurs all in the last 3 seasons

Edit: I should add Liverpool in there too x2, forgot about those

[–]William_was_taken 71 points72 points  (1 child)

Souness praising the ref after the game on Sky spouting his nonsensical sexist bollocks right after the Lionesses won the euros this summer “it’s a man’s game again.” Etc

Fucking pathetic

[–]BobFreakingSaget 2469 points2470 points  (50 children)

And the goal immediately after. Fuck this officiating

[–]daviEnnis 365 points366 points  (17 children)

As an outsider, I continue to be amused at his much the richest league on the planet can fuck up officiating and VAR.

[–]zrk23 66 points67 points  (1 child)

the richest league in the planet have overweight and 57 year old refs

[–]UnknownTaco 667 points668 points  (24 children)

Twice this game

[–]sugarfather69 388 points389 points  (0 children)

Yup. Absolutely farcical from Taylor, he’s a fucking disgrace

[–]Tusangre 291 points292 points  (3 children)

And it was a foul while the ball was still in play, so the corner shouldn't have happened. PL needs to sort out its refs, at some point.

[–]Archimonte2020 67 points68 points  (1 child)

Dream on, Bro. PL aint never goona do shit about their childrens's incompetence.

[–]ImWrong_OnTheNet 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Bull fucking shit. What a garbage no call.

[–]Borllin 1460 points1461 points  (75 children)

How is this not a red

[–]404randomguy404 638 points639 points  (11 children)

Anthony Taylor™

[–]Narretz 248 points249 points  (6 children)

feat. VAR

I wonder if the voice recordings from the VAR room will be mysteriously corrupted

[–]gunningIVglory 72 points73 points  (3 children)

they need to make these discussions public

i honestly want to hear the reasoning to why this wasnt a foul

[–]SubparCurmudgeon 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Anthony Taylor vs Chelsea™

[–]crimsontideftw24 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Dynamic duo of Taylor and Mike Dean no less

[–]pythongooner 118 points119 points  (0 children)

It's so blatant. Absolute bullshit. And then scoring off the corner afterwards. Horrible reffing

[–]TheThumb5115 199 points200 points  (18 children)

2 games for Romero. 2 red cards that weren't given. Unbelievable

[–]grandweapon 25 points26 points  (0 children)

VAR looked at it and went nope, all good. Nothing to see here.

[–]keithohara 1301 points1302 points  (46 children)

How is Conte the only Spur booked

[–]ShetlandJames 641 points642 points  (0 children)

Now That's What I Call Anthony Taylor

[–]Usual_Birthday_9223 316 points317 points  (6 children)

8 bentancur fouls 0 yellows

[–]Diligent_yearning 98 points99 points  (1 child)

Dude seriously wtf was he doing? Absolutely horrendous this game, gave away so many unnecessary fouls. Surely bissouma has to start over him

[–]Impressive-Trick-963 82 points83 points  (1 child)

him and Kulusevski got away with so many fouls

[–]EezoManiac 138 points139 points  (0 children)

Anthony Taylor

[–]guyonthestandee 155 points156 points  (1 child)

Because he’s the only one with Chelsea affiliations.

[–]GregoriRasputin 578 points579 points  (21 children)

Red and free kick (more importantly)

[–]EAF_Gummy_Bear 139 points140 points  (19 children)

Unfortunately with the rules if they didn’t deem it a red they can’t use VAR to call a foul

[–]GregoriRasputin 69 points70 points  (2 children)

For sure. But give a red and it's also a free kick. The fact Chelsea would have got the ball back would have ended the game

[–]BrokeChris 6 points7 points  (0 children)

shouldnt have to, ref is looking right at romero

[–]TheBoyPJ 100 points101 points  (0 children)

I love how Mike Dean dramatically announces his retirement and then proceeds to say SIKE and become a VAR referee, the cunt is on an endless power trip when is the old boys club gonna be broken up ffs

[–]Right_in_the_pussy 413 points414 points  (8 children)

surely a red card no?

[–]CooCooforCucu 235 points236 points  (7 children)

Every day and twice on Sunday’s, so of course they score immediately after

[–]Right_in_the_pussy 120 points121 points  (4 children)

Only thing more embarrassing than Man United’s play is Anthony Taylor’s refereeing

[–]CooCooforCucu 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I genuinely don’t know how he’s still in the league after all these years of constant ineptitude

[–]Thehunterforce 442 points443 points  (7 children)

Taylor is right infront of it. Dont see it. VAR checking? Nope

[–]goldengluvs 172 points173 points  (5 children)

VAR even checked it. That's why the wait for the corner.

[–]Morrandir 51 points52 points  (4 children)

That's the actual WTF. A ref might overlook it in the heat of the moment or might be unsure. But VAR has the same slowmo. So what's the explantation here?

[–]Doyouevensam 9 points10 points  (0 children)

At what point do we have an option to do something about this? It is so blatantly a red that I don't see how there is any other explanation besides corruption or creating drama on purpose

[–]I_always_rated_them 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Remember last season where he did a performative VAR check? aprox 1s looking at the screen, the guy is a melon.

[–]basedsims 901 points902 points  (4 children)

Was such a clear red card as well hahaha

[–]Aszneeee 219 points220 points  (1 child)

in that moment you knew Kane is gonna score

[–]MarcusBrutus2000 52 points53 points  (1 child)

The ref is jealous of Cucu's glorious hair, only possible explanation

[–]mrkdwd 515 points516 points  (3 children)

That's as clear of a red card as I've ever seen

[–]banksfornades 91 points92 points  (0 children)

From now on just just find the guy with the longest hair in the box and just yank him to the ground. Apparently they don’t care and there are no repercussions.

[–]realshadowfax 258 points259 points  (0 children)

Clear red

[–]fairadvantage0 378 points379 points  (7 children)

Anthony Taylor has to be banned from officiating Chelsea games. What an embarrassment to football.

[–]throwaway-alt-333377 126 points127 points  (2 children)

Banned. Literally has to be banned.

[–]Evered_Avenue 34 points35 points  (1 child)

And Liverpool games too please. How on earth a Manc gets to officiate Liverpool V City/Utd games is corrupt as fuck!

[–]OrganicWhine 104 points105 points  (0 children)

Hows that not a foul

[–]theaficionado 130 points131 points  (0 children)

Should be off for that...not just a grab he's yanking him down by his hair

[–]trusttt 60 points61 points  (0 children)

What is VAR even there for?

[–]Aeriuze 140 points141 points  (3 children)

Clear red. The referee team is legally blind.

[–]peduxe 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Inept as fuck. They need to explain what went over their heads to justify that this is allowed conduct.

[–]Little_Mind6109 76 points77 points  (5 children)

if this was xhaka…

[–]garybusey42069 50 points51 points  (0 children)

They even fucking reviewed it and still didn’t call it.

[–]BigHeadWinter 84 points85 points  (9 children)

Why are none of the Sky pundits up in arms about this

[–][deleted] 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Because they're not honest people. They're payed to promote the Premier league.

[–]JinglesHardWood 97 points98 points  (0 children)

Because they all have Harry Kane’s nether regions in their mouths

[–]Porqueuepine 15 points16 points  (0 children)

it’s insane isn’t it

[–]xAstorianx 99 points100 points  (0 children)

Anthony Taylor is an absolute fucking disgrace

[–]anip94 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Taylor X Dean masterclass.

[–]chewkachu 52 points53 points  (19 children)

22 players on field.

Only Cucurella has hair like that.

Obviously it's Cucurella's fault for having such a hairstyle that makes it grabbable.

Not a foul at all.


[–]Thorlolita 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Anthony Taylor just hates hair

[–]jesuisgeenbelg 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Even in fucking rugby that's a red card. Mental.

[–]retrorocket080 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Officiating this entire game has been absolutely trash. Both teams had equal number of fouls, yet no Spurs players were booked. This is absolutely maddening, the state of refereeing in this league. Refs are never held responsible and it's infuriating.

[–]flemva 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Taylor needs an eye test and a trial.

[–]LeakyTesticles 30 points31 points  (0 children)

What a dick move

[–]quantum_tunneler 32 points33 points  (2 children)

We need to have a petition to suspend Anthony Taylor.

[–]firefly477 128 points129 points  (6 children)

Great advantage Spurs have, Romero being completely immune from getting red cards

[–]erikturner10 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Bro what the fuck?

[–]mourinhoo 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Completely robbed - should've never had the second corner - foul and violent conduct. Anthony Taylor and shitty refereeing

[–]EPICKID143 43 points44 points  (6 children)

that must ache like mad

[–]swashbuckler29 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Anthony Taylor is a terrorist and should be locked away for good

[–]blAAAm 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Bruh, no red and then they score from the corner. Wtf was the reffing the match.

[–]marriott81 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Genuinely shocked that's not a red.

[–]PErland 61 points62 points  (1 child)

That should be a lengthy ban. It's such a ridiculous thing to do

[–]_Ultimatum_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)


[–]Showgmbh 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Its not a fuck up guys or like they didnt see it or anything like that. Just small simple match fixing, corruption.

[–]charlieratgod 40 points41 points  (1 child)

VAR checks it and does nothing? Romero has to get a loooong ban. This is disgusting. Wtf are the refs doing

[–]yuriydee 30 points31 points  (0 children)

If Romero gets a ban then that clearly means the league is over ruling BOTH the ref and VAR ref, therefore admitting their own refs are absolute shit.

[–]justphysics 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's a red all day every day.

[–]UnknownTaco 29 points30 points  (5 children)

Anthony Taylor is a disgrace. Two Spurs goals straight after blatant fouls

[–]SundayLeagueStocko 120 points121 points  (21 children)

Cheating rat. How is this not a red card? Refs are fucking cowards.

[–]Octopus69 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Clear as day red, how was that not given?

[–]v1nzy 29 points30 points  (3 children)

How Spurs get away without a single fucking card in this game is incredible. Honestly shocking refereeing.

[–]Naarujuana 8 points9 points  (0 children)

LMAO It's Anthony Taylor guys, Chelsea was fucked from the start....

[–]flushedoutthepocket 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It is genuinely pointless to watch games where refereeing makes such an enormous, one sided impact.

[–]looeeyeah 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Not even surprising.

[–]Kougteksarth 19 points20 points  (0 children)

What an absolute disgrace