By Keith Hackett

4th Oct, 2021 | 3:30pm

Governing body will take action against Tuchel after ex-Premier League ref analyses Chelsea footage

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel can “expect a phone call” from PGMOL chief Mike Riley following his yellow card on Saturday.

So says ex-PGMOL boss Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Southampton on 2 October.

Tuchel was booked on the stroke of half-time following his angry reaction after Timo Werner’s header was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.

After a VAR review, Martin Atkinson ruled that Cesar Azpilicueta had kicked the back off Kyle Walker-Peters’ heel.

The rest of the match was not without incident as Atkinson handed out four bookings, awarded the Saints a penalty, and sent off James Ward-Prowse.

Hackett predicts that Riley will contact Tuchel to explain his booking and clarify what is appropraite touchline behaviour.

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“I think we all want passionate managers,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitely.

“It’s just a finite balance. How far can you go when you’re unhappy about a decision? I think on this ocasion, the sanction was appropriate.

“Perhaps this decision will give him an indication of what his paraemeters are.

“Maybe he can excpect a phone call from Mike Riley. That might be beneficial for both of them.

“Riley can say that they aren’t going to penalise one sort of action, but for things like this we are going to.

“We also need to know how active the fourth official can be in these situations.

“The last thing I would want as a referee is to come and have a chat in the technical area, or even show a yellor or red card.

“I would want the fourth official to do that. But ultimately we don’t know what instructions they have been given before the match.

“But the instructions may have been that if you’re coming across to talk to the manager, you have to issue a sanction.

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