Controversial Referee Anthony Taylor Returns for Chelsea vs. Manchester City Clash

Embattled Referee Anthony Taylor to Officiate Chelsea vs. Manchester City Clash

In an unexpected turn of events, the embattled British referee, Anthony Taylor, has been appointed to officiate Sunday’s highly anticipated Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Taylor’s selection has stirred mixed reactions among Chelsea fans, who often perceive him as biased against their team.

Many of them had expressed relief when Taylor was previously demoted to the EFL Championship, England’s second-tier league.

Taylor’s demotion from Premier League matches came in the wake of a controversial penalty call during the Newcastle United vs. Wolves game on October 28, 2023.

In that match, Taylor ruled that Hwang Hee-chan of Wolves had fouled Fabian Schar of Newcastle United, despite video replays suggesting minimal contact.

Surprisingly, the video assistant referee, Jarred Gillett, did not recommend Taylor to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

A panel from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) subsequently reviewed the decision and concluded that the penalty was not warranted.

As a consequence, Taylor faced his first Championship appointment in four years as a form of punishment for the disputed call.

Notwithstanding his demotion, Taylor was involved in Championship games as the fourth official.

He served in that capacity during Luton’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool and Preston North End’s 3-2 victory over Coventry City.

Interestingly, the Coventry City game also featured a contentious penalty decision, with Taylor awarding a spot-kick for minimal contact.

Now, Chelsea will once again have to contend with the controversial Anthony Taylor as they host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

This fixture carries significant weight for Chelsea, who seek to build on their recent victory over Tottenham Hotspur and improve their position in the Premier League standings, currently languishing in 10th place.


The return of Anthony Taylor to officiate a high-profile Premier League encounter raises questions about the consistency and accountability of refereeing decisions in football.

The controversy surrounding his penalty call in the Newcastle United vs. Wolves match has drawn attention to the challenges of VAR and the need for referees to use pitchside monitors when there is doubt.

Chelsea’s supporters may be uneasy about Taylor’s presence, but it also underscores the ongoing debate around referee performance and the pressure they face in high-stakes games.

The outcome of the Chelsea vs. Manchester City match will likely intensify discussions about refereeing standards in football.

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