Pundit: Kai Havertz 'made a fool of himself' as Chelsea controversy analysed
Frank McAvennie has claimed referee Anthony Taylor was right to allow Tottenham’s first goal against Chelsea to stand.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said Kai Havertz “made a fool of himself” by complaining about the challenge.
Havertz, 23, was dispossessed by a strong challenge from Rodrigo Bentancur in the build-up to Spurs’ first equaliser.
As shown on Football Daily (15 August), there was 44 seconds between the challenge and the goal.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was left fuming with the decision not to award a free-kick.
When asked if referee Anthony Taylor should have disallowed the goal, McAvennie told Football Insider: “No.
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“How far back do you want to go? The referee didn’t give a foul, get on with it. It wasn’t anywhere near the goal. You’ve got plenty of time to get the ball off him, so don’t blame the referee because you couldn’t get the ball back and they scored a goal.
“He didn’t think it was a foul, that’s his prerogative. I don’t think it was a foul. I think it’s an excuse from Havertz for losing the ball.
“He’ll have been annoyed at the time but that’s it, he has to get on with it. He’ll realise now that he made a fool of himself by complaining.
“He lost the ball when he shouldn’t have lost it, that’s why he was annoyed. He threw his toys out the pram and it was basically for nothing so now he’ll just get on with it.“