Video: TF Official Mark Halsey Issue Charge Chelsea Should Expected From FA Over James Red Card Complaints

Thomas Tuchel’s men have been told to expect an FA charge following their reaction to Liverpool’s penalty award at Anfield stadium on Saturday evening.

The Blues battled to a 1-1 draw on Merseyside after playing the second-half a man down.

The clash changed when the hosts were given a penalty and Reece James was sent-off by Anthony Taylor in first-half stoppage time.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were seen surrounded the referee as they took issue with his decision, which was made after consultation with VAR.

However, former top flight official Mark Halsey claims Taylor’s call was absolutely correct and pointed out the nature of the Blues protest, which could have ramifications.

‘Liverpool’s penalty with the resulting red card to Chelsea defender Reece James was spot on,’ Halsey told The report.

‘Some may think Anthony Taylor’s decision was controversial but the officials were correct in their application of Law 12: Handling the Ball.

‘Sadio Mane’s goal-bound effort brushed the top of James’ thigh before it struck the right arm of the England full-back.

‘But there was a deliberate movement of James’ arm to push the ball away and that meant it had to be a penalty. Once the penalty was given, Taylor also had to produce a red card.

‘I also believe the FA will charge Chelsea for failing to control their players in the aftermath.’

After Kai Havertz put the Blues ahead with a stunning header, Mohamed Salah slotted home from 12 yards to level the contest, but neither side could find a winning goal.

The west London club will be happier with a point, which maintains their unbeaten start after three games.

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