Why Chelsea fans have started a petition against Anthony Taylor

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A petition against Anthony Taylor has garnered nearly 100,000 signatures following the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur clash.

A frustrated Chelsea supporter has petitioned referee Anthony Taylor after Sunday’s fiery derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

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At the time of writing, a whopping 96,000 people have signed the petition, which reads: “Anthony Taylor has continued to make big decisions against Chelsea in big games over the years.

“Taylor has an agenda against Chelsea and should no longer be allowed to referee a game involving the club.”

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The creator then goes down a list of eight different incidents to support his reasoning as to why Taylor shouldn’t be allowed to reference another game with the Blues.

Chelsea looked poised to take all three points in a dramatic display at Stamford Bridge before Harry Kane equalized straight in death before Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were sent off for a furious confrontation after the full-time whistle blew.

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Why is there a petition against Anthony Taylor?

One of the main points raised in the petition was a big talking point from Sunday’s game regarding the possible sending off of Cristian Romero.

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Leading up to Kane’s equaliser, centre-back Marc Cucurella appeared to pull his hair and drag him to the ground.

The foul was looked at but Romero went unpunished and Tottenham scored from the following corner.

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Taylor was also criticized after Spurs’ first goal when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equalizer stood despite Richarlison being flagged for offside.

As well as incidents in the derby, the petition also mentions previous events, including Mateo Kovacic’s red card in the 2019-20 FA Cup final, a ‘kick’ by goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on Marcos Alono, a ‘stamp’ by Harry Maguire on Michy Batshuayi and Reece James red card for an alleged hand ball against Liverpool.

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Who does Anthony Taylor support?

According to GOAL, Anthony Taylor supports Altrincham FC while Manchester United is his local Premier League side.

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The 43-year-old was born in Wythenshawe in Manchester – around ten kilometers from Old Trafford.

What did Thomas Tuchel say?

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Thomas Tuchel clearly agrees with the petition after making his feelings clear after the Tottenham draw.

Asked whether Anthony Taylor should never referee a Chelsea game again, the German told Sky Sports: “Maybe it would be better.

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“But honestly we also have VAR to make the right decisions. Since when are players allowed to have their hair pulled? Since when is this? And if he doesn’t see it, I don’t blame him.”

Tuchel was then asked about the fans’ concerns about Taylor and he replied: “I don’t think just some of the fans think that: I can assure you that the entire dressing room of us, every human being thinks that.

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“Not just the fans. You know the players, they know what’s going on when they’re on the pitch. You know it.”

The Chelsea manager also admitted his players are “naturally” concerned when Taylor directs their game.

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Which teams do the Premier League referees support?

• Stuart Attwell – City of Luton

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• Darren England – Barnsley

• Kevin Friend – Bristol City and Leicester City

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• Tony Harrington – Hartlepool

• Simon Hooper – Swindon Town

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• Andy Madley-Huddersfield Town

• Andre Marriner – Aston Villa

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• Jon Moss – Sunderland

• Michael Oliver-Newcastle United

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• Craig Pawson – Sheffield United

• Graham Scot-Swindon Town

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• Anthony Taylor – Altrincham

• Paul Tierney – Wigan Athletic

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