Anthony Taylor has been demoted to the Championship following a controversial decision made during the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United. In that game, Newcastle took a 2-1 lead over Wolves after Taylor awarded a contentious penalty.
The penalty was given after Wolves’ forward, Hwang Hee-chan, was judged to have fouled Fabian Schar while attempting to clear the ball from the penalty area. Although Hwang later scored an equalizer in the game, Wolves’ manager, Gary O’Neil, described the penalty decision as “scandalous.”
Even Magpies manager Eddie Howe and club legend Alan Shearer expressed their doubts about the decision, with Shearer noting that he couldn’t see why the penalty wasn’t overturned even after numerous replays.
While the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has not formally apologized to Wolves for the controversial penalty, Anthony Taylor has been removed from Premier League refereeing duties for the upcoming weekend.
Instead, he will officiate a Championship fixture between Preston and Coventry on Saturday. This marks his first time officiating in the second tier since 2019.
The following day, Taylor, who has been involved in refereeing Champions League and Euro 2024 qualifiers this season, will serve as the VAR official for Luton’s match against Liverpool.
In contrast, Jarred Gillett, who was the VAR official during the Wolves vs. Newcastle game, has retained his position in the Premier League. He will oversee VAR duties for the Fulham vs. Manchester United match on Saturday and then act as the referee for the game between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa on Sunday.