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Liverpool legend claims Anthony Taylor only got one decision wrong in Tottenham-Chelsea derby

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Graeme Souness tells Chelsea referee Anthony Taylor made just one wrong decision in draw vs Tottenham

Referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to let Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal stand against Chelsea was perhaps what has grabbed headlines everywhere.

Tottenham Hotspur were trailing the Blues by a 1-0 margin until the Denmark international’s shot found its way into Edouard Mendy’s goal. Richarlison was standing in an offside position when the ball was hit, and Chelsea fans have argued that the Brazilian was in Mendy’s line of sight.

The referee thought otherwise. Rodrigo Bentancur seemingly could Kai Havertz in the build-up to that goal. Again, the ref turned a blind eye and the goal stood.

The ref even brandished a red card each to Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel for their light altercation after the full-time whistle. However, Graeme Souness believes there was nothing wrong with these decisions.

Instead, the Liverpool player-turned-pundit believes Taylor got just one thing wrong in the entire game, and that was Cristian Romero’s hair pull on Marc Cucurella right before Harry Kane’s 96th-minute goal from an Ivan Perisic corner kick.

He said after full-time on Sky Sports (h/t Football.London):

“This is the only thing the ref got wrong for me [Romero’s alleged hair pull on Cucurella]. How is that not a foul? How can you not see it? He has to see the hair being pulled. That goal shouldn’t stand, really.”

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg celebrates after scoring against Chelsea.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg celebrates after scoring against Chelsea. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Argentina international stayed on the pitch despite that incident and it wasn’t checked by the referee after it took place. Kane wheeled away to celebrate in front of the travelling fans, who couldn’t be less bothered about how the two goals came.

Spurs may not have been in control for large parts of the ball but they kept themselves within striking distance. It’s easy to overlook the fact that Spurs have recorded just one win at Stamford Bridge since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992.

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