Premier League

Anthony Taylor dropped from officiating Premier League to Championship following controversial penalty decision

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
November 3 2023
Anthony Taylor Premier League

Anthony Taylor has made many poor decisions in Premier League games this season

Following a contentious judgement during Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, Anthony Taylor was dropped to the Championship. At Molineux on Saturday, Newcastle defeated Wolves 2-1 after Taylor’s controversial spot-kick decision.

A penalty was awarded after Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan was judged to have caught Fabian Schar while attempting to clear the ball out of the box. Even though Hwang scored the game’s equaliser later on, Wolves manager Gary O’Neil later called the penalty call “disgraceful.”

Both Eddie Howe, the head coach of the Magpies, and Alan Shearer, the club legend, acknowledged that it was a difficult decision at Match of the Day.

Taylor has been downgraded from officiating matches in the Premier League this weekend, even though the PGMOL has not formally apologised to Wolves for the penalty call.

Rather, he will referee a Championship match on Saturday between Preston and Coventry. Since 2019, this will be his initial experience refereeing in the second tier.

Taylor is set to act as the VAR official for Luton’s match against Liverpool the following day. Taylor has officiated in both the Champions League and the Euro 2024 qualifiers this season.

Jarred Gillett, who was using VAR during Newcastle’s match against Wolves, has managed to maintain his spot in the Premier League.

Before officiating Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa on Sunday, he will oversee VAR for Fulham’s match against Manchester United on Saturday.

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