Cucurella vows to never cut hair and has 'no problem' with Romero

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Marc Cucurella has vowed never to cut his hair in the wake of his long locks being pulled by Cristian Romero in Sunday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham.

Blues wing-back Cucurella enjoyed a fine London derby, laying on Kalidou Koulibaly's opener at a rocking Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old was later pulled to the ground by his hair by Romero in one of the game's many flashpoints. Even after a VAR check, the officials opted against any punishment.

Harry Kane nodded in from the resulting corner for a stoppage-time leveller to deny Chelsea victory and spark ugly touchline clashes between the rival benches.

Chelsea's £60 million recruit Cucurella insisted he has no issue with Romero and has no plans to cut his trademark curls.

Asked if he would cut his hair as a result of the incident, Cucurella replied: "No, no, never: this is my style.

"For me, it was no problem. Before the game, I spoke with him, and it is a fight on the pitch.

"I have no problem with him, and it is only an action in the game.

"Maybe it was an important action as it may be changed the final result.

"But I think we will have another opportunity in a few months (against Tottenham), and this is our opportunity."

Referee Anthony Taylor rejected any chance to hand Chelsea a free-kick for Romero's challenge on Cucurella, while VAR checked the incident but ruled out a red card.

Asked if he was surprised no foul was awarded, Cucurella replied: "For me, yes, because it was clear.

"In the game, out on the pitch, I didn't see any replay, but I think with the video it is very clear.

"This is maybe one error to the referee or the VAR. But sometimes the referee makes good decisions, sometimes not good decisions. This is not my problem.

"The players are focused on the game, and maybe we have to work hard to not concede this goal in the last minute in the next games."

Chelsea return to action on Sunday away to Leeds United.

Kick-off is at 15:00 (SA time).


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