Ahead of the build up to the Manchester United-Liverpool derby, the announcement of Anthony Taylor as the referee to officiate the match has been met with scepticism and disapproval from a wide section of fans.
The Englishman hails just 6 miles off Old Trafford and had his fair share of controversy most recently involving a match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday in January.
With Leeds United trailing 2-0, Liam Cooper looked set to have given Leeds hope of a comeback with a goal from Alex Mowatt’s free-kick. Referee Taylor however disallowed the goal deeming Wednesday had not completed a substitution despite blowing for the free-kick to be taken earlier.
The decision sparked a controversy with then Leeds boss Steve Evans even going to the extent of claiming that the referee should be demoted to under-nines football.
While the outrage surrounding his decision at Sheffield may have subsided, the Englishman cannot afford to deliver such officiating in a game of magnitude of big as the Liverpool-Manchester United
Watch the absolute howler from Anthony Taylor below!
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