Hackett: Tuchel may be charged by FA as Chelsea controversy escalates

Thomas Tuchel may be set for an FA charge after he questioned the integrity of the referee following Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League official claimed the Chelsea boss had got “drawn into” criticising Stuart Atwell after his side’s disappointing performance.

The German thought his side were on the wrong end of two poor decisions from Atwell.

Former Blues winger Bertrand Traore won his side a penalty just in the 52nd minute after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Jorginho.

Cesar Azpilicueta was then sent off in the dying stages after raising his hand into the face of Jack Grealish.

Tuchel told the BBC’s Match of the Day programme he was “not surprised” by the decision as he suggested Aston Villa players got away with similar incidents.

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“When he questions the integrity of the referee, this is where the FA needs to come in,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He is questioning the integrity of the referee and therefore the FA should potentially look at charging him. 

“Tuchel has got an avenue of explaining and expressing his disappointment of a referee via the marks awarded, he can see the referee 30 minutes after the game, it might be different in covid but he can see the referee away from the media.

“He got drawn into it.”

Despite the result, Chelsea guaranteed qualification for next season’s Champions League as Leicester City failed to beat Tottenham.

They have one game remaining this term, next weekend’s Champions League final against Premier League champions Manchester City.

In other news, Aston Villa could sign a 21-year-old by 11th June.