MARC CUCURELLA has vowed not to cut his flowing locks despite Cristian Romero secretly pulling his hair during the Battle of the Bridge II.
Chelsea’s new £62million defender, who last had his curls pulled in an Under-12 game, insists the Tottenham star should be sent off over the schoolboy foul in Sunday’s explosive 2-2 draw.
Cucurella admitted it hurt when Romero’s hair was pulled on a corner, but when asked if he was going to chop his famous barnett now, he replied: “No. Never. That’s my style.
“It’s weird, I just remember another time I had a player do that.
“I was very young, I was in the U12 academy but I’ve never had an episode of it since.”
Neither referee Anthony Taylor nor VAR Mike Dean did anything and shortly afterwards Harry Kane headed Spurs’ second equalizer six minutes into injury time to seal a tie at Stamford Bridge.
Angry blues boss Thomas Tuchel raged against the officials: “Since when is it allowed to pull an opponent’s hair?”
And Cucurella, 24, added: “The referee at the stadium said they would consider a red card and to me that’s quite clear.
“The video is very clear.
“I don’t know what happened to the referee. It’s the same: you kick my leg, you pull my hair. But the referee didn’t understand.
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“This is football and in this game it was a mistake. But in another game, the referee makes a good decision.
“This is a referee or VAR error.”
But Cucurella says he doesn’t hold a grudge against his 27-year-old Argentinian rival for the foul.
The former Brighton star said: “It was a struggle on the pitch. I spoke to him before the game and I have no problem with him.
“It was just an action in play, but an important action as it may have changed the end result.”
The gaffer compared me to him, which is very good for me
Tuchel and Spurs boss Antonio Conte were both sent off after two angry clashes at the touch-line, while Tuchel also faces an FA charge after he accused Taylor of being biased against Chelsea and insisted he never should be responsible for a blues game again.
It was reminiscent of the original explosive Battle of the Bridge six years ago that ended Spurs’ title hopes.
Cucurella added: “It was a derby and all derbies are difficult and have a good atmosphere.
“But the team played really well.”
Cucurella also revealed that the news of Chelsea captain and compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta remaining in charge was a big factor in convincing him to join the Seagulls.
He said: “I’m very happy with it because Azpilicueta is a legend here.
“The gaffer compared me to him, which is very good for me.
“I have a good responsibility to work hard and he has helped me a lot with the home, schools and children.
“It’s very good that the captain is Spanish, I’m happy.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6022107/chelsea-marc-cucurella-haircut-tottenham-cristian-romero/ Chelsea star Marc Cucurella insists he will NOT cut his curly hair despite it being pulled by Tottenham rival Romero