Chelsea Fans Petition Referee Anthony Taylor After Blunders In Favour Of Tottenham
The London Derby between Chelsea and Tottenham was overseen by Anthony Taylor, and several dangerous tackles were missed, which led to a disappointing outcome for Chelsea’s fans. Not only did Anthony Taylor ignore a clear case of a hair pull right in front of his eyes, but he also ignored multiple tackles from Tottenham players that should have resulted in at least several yellow cards. The Chelsea faithful were not shy about criticizing the referee for his evident mistakes, claiming that Sunday’s league game was not the first time he had made mistakes favoring the London team.
However, Chelsea supporters petitioned for the senior ref to quit refereeing games in which Chelsea faced teams from the top six leagues, claiming that the ref was out to get the Blues a loss or a tie. More than 80,000 furious fans from around the world have signed the petition as of this morning. Some of his many mistakes were highlighted in the petition, which read as follows:
- Kovacic red card FA Cup Final
- Maguire stamp on Batshuayi
- Gazzaniga kick on Alonso
- Romero pulling Cucurella’s hair (This Happened on Sunday, August 15)
- Reece James ‘Handball’ v Liverpool
- Sanchez hand ball FA Cup final
- Azpilicueta ‘push’
- Maguire hold on Azpilicueta
Thomas Tuchel was underwhelmed with Taylor’s effort as Tottenham Hotspur twice battled back from behind to tie 2-2 with Chelsea. The Blues took the lead thanks to a spectacular goal from Kalidou Koulibaly in the first half, but they were unable to build on their advantage. A goal by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the 68th minute was challenged by the home team because they thought Kai Havertz had been fouled in the buildup. Moreover, Richarlison, making his first appearance, was called for blocking Edouard Mendy’s view.
After Reece James made it 2-1, Harry Kane tied it in stoppage time, but not before Cristian Romero appeared to tug on Marc Curucella’s hair and VAR did nothing to prevent it. Liverpool fans have previously been unhappy when Taylor was the referee for their games, particularly those involving Manchester City and Manchester United. Nevertheless, the fans of the west London club aren’t the only ones who have their doubts about Anthony Taylor. Last season, though, Jurgen Klopp’s team benefited from his decisions versus City, as they were spared having two players ejected under the referee’s watchful eye. Anthony Taylor nearly doesn’t appear biased towards any particular team, so perhaps it’s just his judgment that’s off.