Anthony Taylor to referee Chelsea vs Man City clash despite Championship match controversy

Referee Anthony Taylor will make his return to the Premier League this weekend to officiate Chelsea’s clash against Manchester City.

Last Saturday, the Premier League panel of referees made a decision to demote referee Anthony Taylor to the Championship following his decision to award Newcastle a penalty in their 2-2 draw against Wolves.

In the match, Hwang Hee-chan was found to have caught Fabian Schar while attempting to clear the ball, however, the ruling was heavily criticized.

Taylor then took charge of Preston’s home match against Coventry and awarded the former a penalty kick. Kyle McFadzean of the Sky Blues was deemed to have fouled Milutin Osmajic in the area, but replays revealed little contact.

Taylor received criticism again after Preston won 3-2, but he will be back officiating in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

His appointment for Sunday’s game comes after he refereed in the Championship for the first time in four years at the weekend.

This season, he has officiated nine games in the English top flight; and this will be his second match with Chelsea.

Anthony Taylor oversaw his 15th club and international match of the season on Sunday, officiating Barcelona’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Porto.

Chelsea will go into the game fresh off a thrilling 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Monday night, ending Spurs unbeaten start to the season in a feisty London Derby clash.

Spurs ended up down to nine players in the game, but a hat-trick from Nicolas Jackson and a penalty from Cole Palmer sealed the victory.

Following their Champions League matchup at home against Young Boys on Tuesday night, City will make their way to Stamford Bridge.

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