Chelsea fan petitions to stop Anthony Taylor from refereeing future Blues matches
A Chelsea fan started a petition asking for Anthony Taylor to be barred from officiating future Blues matches.
Taylor was in charge of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool at Anfield. He sent Reece James away for a handball offense without having properly reviewed the VAR monitor.
It is still up to interpretation. The ball hitting James’ legs and landing on his arm makes it more complicated. Taylor seemed to have made his decision from Stockley Park’s ear.
Some Chelsea fans weren’t pleased, it is obvious. One fan took to Twitter to sign a petition asking for Taylor to be removed from the control of any Chelsea games.
The Football Association UK: Ban Anthony “bald” Taylor from refereeing Chelsea matches – Sign the Petition What?
— Dubois (@CFCDUBois) August 28, 2021
The petition has already reached 2,000 signatures at the time of writing after being live for only ten minutes. This number will likely have increased since.
It is unlikely that Taylor has any bias against Chelsea, and neither the FA nor PGMOL will intervene.
Referees should be encouraged to look at the footage before they issue the red card.