Referee Anthony Taylor to make Premier League return for Chelsea vs Manchester City game
Anthony Taylor was demoted to Championship last week
The official’s judgement to give Newcastle a spot-kick in their 2-2 draw with Wolves resulted in his degrade to the Championship on Saturday.
Although it was decided that Hwang Hee-chan had caught Fabian Schar while attempting to clear the ball, the ruling was heavily condemned. In control of Preston’s home game versus Coventry, Taylor gave the former team an extra kick.
Although replays revealed little contact, Sky Blues defender Kyle McFadzean was found to have tackled Milutin Osmajic in the vicinity.
Taylor received more criticism after Preston won 3-2, but he is going to be returning to refereeing in the Premier League on Sunday night.
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He will be in charge of Chelsea’s match against Premier League leaders City at Stamford Bridge. This season, he will officiate nine games in the English top flight; this will be his second match with Chelsea.
Taylor oversaw his 15th club and international match of the current campaign on Sunday, officiating Barcelona’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Porto. Chelsea will go into the game fresh off of a thrilling 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Monday night.
Spurs ended up down to nine men in the game, but the victory was sealed by a hat-trick from Nicolas Jackson and a spot-kick from Cole Palmer.
Following their Champions League matchup at home against Young Boys on Tuesday night, City are going to make their way to Stamford Bridge.
The team led by Pep Guardiola is back at the Etihad Stadium following their crushing 6-1 victory over Bournemouth over the weekend.