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Leeds boss Jesse Marsch wants Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel banned for clash at Elland Road

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch wants Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel banned for clash at Elland Road
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Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has said he wants Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel banned for the sides’ clash at Elland Road after the German was shown a red card following a fiery draw with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Tuchel and Spurs manager Antonio Conte were both sent off after the final whistle of the 2-2 draw on Sunday after several flare-ups during the match, with the English Football Association charging the pair with « improper behaviour. »

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An official decision has not been made on whether Tuchel will be on the touchline for his team’s match against Leeds on Sunday afternoon, however, and Marsch said he would be « disappointed » if the Chelsea head coach is allowed to be in the dugout.

« He won’t be there, » Marsch told reporters in a news conference on Friday. « Are they saying he may be on the bench?

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« That doesn’t seem right, I mean, if you get a red card, you are out of the match. I would be disappointed if they allowed him to be on the bench.

« There’s a simple rule in football. Whether it’s soccer or football, you cannot play the next match. »

Marsch said Tuchel’s absence would not give Leeds too much of a boost given the strengths of Chelsea assistant coach Zsolt Low.

« In theory, when the manager isn’t there, it is an advantage but [I] also know Zsolt Low quite well, their assistant, » Marsch said.

« He is a brilliant football mind and I have no doubt that he will be able to help out from there. »

Leeds won their opening game of the Premier League season 2-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers but let a two-goal lead slip in their last match against Southampton as they drew 2-2.

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