Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel issued FA Cup ban apology to Conor Gallagher in chance meeting

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Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he apologised to Conor Gallagher over the decision that will see him miss the FA Cup semi-final this weekend against his parent club Chelsea. Crystal Palace travel to Wembley Stadium looking to cause a major upset on Sunday but the Eagles will have to do it without their midfield marvel, who is not eligible for the fixture.

Gallagher’s loan from Chelsea means that he is banned from featuring against the Blues in any competition this season.

That did not stop Palace from submitting a cheeky request to play Gallagher at Wembley, but it was quickly denied by the European champions.

Now Tuchel has explained how he offered an apology to Gallagher after bumping into the England international at a local restaurant while out for dinner.

“I had the chance to speak to Conor. I could see his frustration. We met some weeks ago by coincidence in a restaurant,” Tuchel said.

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“The subject came up, I apologised because I know how competitive he is. We play to win the game.”

Palace boss Patrick Vieira, who has managed to get the best out of Gallagher this season at Selhurst Park, was frustrated by Chelsea’s decision.

The Frenchman was of the belief that Chelsea would later reap the rewards of Gallagher gaining crucial experience by playing in a game of this magnitude.

“It’s not the best rule because the only one who will lose is Conor,” said Vieira.

“Paying that kind of game, the importance of it, it’s an experience the player is missing and I’m disappointed for him.

“He has played all the games so far and if there’s somebody who deserves to be in the semi-final, it’s him because of his performances. I’m disappointed he won’t be able to play.”

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