According to the English Football Association, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will not be permitted to watch his team play against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
It happened after the German coach was accused of violating FA Rule E3 during a dispute with Antonio Conte, the manager of Tottenham.
Due to the appeals process, Tuchel was not suspended for the match away at Leeds the following week. After an independent panel reviewed the issue, he was penalised £35,000 and will not play at home against the Foxes on Saturday.
The FA statement reads: “Thomas Tuchel will be banned from the touchline for Chelsea FC’s Premier League match against Leicester City FC on Saturday 27 August 2022. The manager admitted that his behaviour after the final whistle of the Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 14 August 2022 was improper.
“An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently ordered for him to be fined £35,000 and suspended from the touchline for one fixture during a hearing. Thomas Tuchel appealed against these sanctions, but this has been dismissed by an Appeal Board today.”
It follows the Chelsea manager’s involvement in a contentious London derby against Tottenham, where his team twice had leads but failed to capitalize on opportunities, drawing 2-2. Conflicts were sparked by a number of significant instances that involved refereeing decisions that the Blues felt were unfair.
Kalidou Koulibaly gave the home team the lead, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized with a goal from the edge of the box after there had been allegations of an offside and a foul in the buildup. Conte celebrated in front of Tuchel, sparking an early altercation that resulted in the benches being divided.
Reece James gave his team the lead again, but in stoppage time, passions rose once more when Cristian Romero hauled Marc Cucurella to the ground by his hair without it being ruled a foul or a red card. Harry Kane scored a last-ditch equalizer as a result of the subsequent corner.
After the whistle blew, the two managers went to shake hands, but the Chelsea boss clearly took issue with how swiftly the Spurs head coach wanted to leave by not looking at him when they did so. That led to yet another incident that had to have the two broken up by staff and players alike.
Conte received a fine for his part in the debacle, though avoided a touchline ban, while Tuchel has now received a one-match suspension for his role in it. Ahead of the clash with Leicester, the boss opened up on his thoughts over a potential ban, saying: “We are waiting for the response.
“I think there are two sides to it,” He added. “The one side is that I got the red card and behaved in a way which is not appropriate and which I regret, but it was out of passion. It was not too aggressive, it was out of passion.
“I can accept if I get a red card during the match – if this is the decision – I have a touchline ban and am fined. This is one side to it, I don’t dispute it and accept it.
“What’s hard to accept is the context. I don’t think I started the aggression, it started earlier. I don’t think I was the only person involved; we both got a red card. A player pulled another player by its hair two minutes earlier. He can play on, he is not banned. For a firm handshake at the end of the match, one coach is banned. This is very hard to accept but I have to accept it. Putting it into context, I cannot understand.”
The ban means that one of the coaching staff will have to take over on the touchline, with assistant manager Arno Michels doing so against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup earlier this year.