Tuchel believes referee was right to send off Balbuena

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Chelsea defeated West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday evening, with Timo Werner scoring the only goal of the game.

Speaking after the game, West Ham manager David Moyes blasted the referee’s decision to send off Fabian Balbuena following a challenge on Ben Chilwell.

While trying to clear the ball, Balbuena planted his studs on Chilwell’s calf, and it really looked horrible. Referee Chris Kavanagh was told by VAR Michael Oliver to consult the pitchside monitor to view the incident, and Kavanagh deemed it to be a red card.

West Ham manager David Moyes was very angry with the decision and called it a rubbish decision.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Moyes said: “I think it’s a decision made by somebody who’s never played the game. I don’t know where Fabi Balbuena is supposed to plant his foot.

“If they do think that, you’ll look at the one a few minutes later, with Coufal and Rudiger, a similar challenge, but they never did anything about it.

“I don’t know how it’s a red card. I don’t know where he’s supposed to plant his foot. I don’t think for one minute there’s a bit of malice in that. I thought it was a rubbish decision.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel doesn’t think that the referee was wrong, and insists that a yellow card or red is a fair decision.

Tuchel said: “I think the follow through is a bit dangerous. I did not see it live, but I saw it on TV from a distance.

“It looked on TV maybe a bit worse than it actually was. It’s not a must, the red card. But for me it’s a decision that the referee can take, he needs to feel it live, maybe see it again. If he stays with a yellow card it’s no mistake, if he gives a red card it’s not a big mistake.

“It’s in between, it’s a very hard decision, but maybe not a wrong decision.”

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