Anthony Taylor is set to make his return to the Premier League this weekend after officiating a Championship match last week, considered by some as a ‘demotion.’
The referee faced controversy in his last Premier League appearance when he awarded a contentious penalty to Newcastle against Wolves, leading to criticism from various quarters.
The penalty decision, where Hwang Hee-chan fouled Fabian Schar, was validated by VAR, despite calls for Taylor to review the incident personally. After overseeing a match in the Championship involving Preston North End and Coventry City, where he again awarded a contentious penalty, Taylor is now slated to officiate the high-profile clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Despite speculations and humor on social media suggesting Taylor might continue to ‘demote’ to lower leagues, he is instead overseeing a marquee fixture in the Premier League.
Chelsea, without European commitments, will be optimistic about securing consecutive victories against top-six rivals.
In his Championship stint, Taylor’s decision to award Preston a penalty came under scrutiny as replays showed minimal contact, sparking fan uproar.
Some social media users humorously speculated further demotions for Taylor, but he is now back in the Premier League overseeing a significant match between Manchester City and Chelsea.