Thomas Tuchel defends referee Anthony Taylor after petition from Chelsea fans

Thomas Tuchel says he has complete faith in referee Anthony Taylor (Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has defended Anthony Taylor after Chelsea supporters started a petition to prevent the Premier League referee from taking charge of their matches.

Chelsea fans were angered by Taylor’s decision to give Reece James a red card in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool in August.

The petition which was started by Chelsea supporters after the match received over 80,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso even liked a picture of the petition on Instagram.

But Tuchel is adamant that he has full faith in Taylor, who will take charge of Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Brentford on Saturday.

When asked about the petition, Tuchel joked: ‘That helped?

Chelsea fans were angered by Anthony Taylor’s decision to give Reece James a red card against Liverpool (PA)

‘I trust in the referees and I trust in Anthony Taylor that he will try to have the best performance tomorrow.

‘We in Cobham, here in the club, cannot get lost in the ideas that there’s something behind it. We have to make ourselves free from this and do what we need to do to be able to win this match.

‘Do we need a top referee? Yes. Do we need good decisions from VAR or no decisions from VAR? Yes. Do we need luck? Yes. And hopefully, we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor.”

Asked if he had signed the petition, Tuchel laughed and replied: ‘I have not, no.’

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