Fans start petition calling for Anthony Taylor to never referee Chelsea match again

Outraged Chelsea fans have demanded Anthony Taylor never officiate one of their matches again following their eventful draw against Tottenham.

The feisty clash at Stamford Bridge finished 2-2 as Spurs pegged the Blues back twice, their equaliser coming in the final seconds of stoppage-time.

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Passions ran high and then some after the match finished, with Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clashing

There were lots of question marks raised about Taylor’s officiating at Stamford Bridge

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There were lots of question marks raised about Taylor’s officiating at Stamford Bridge

The end of the match saw managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clash, having engaged in a touchline spat after Spurs’ first goal.

Tuchel appears to have gotten over the confrontations with his opposite number as he then vented about the ‘very, very poor’ officiating of referee Taylor and his assistants after the match,

Tuchel believes both of Spurs’ goals shouldn’t have stood, arguing Richarlison, who was stood in an offside position, was in the line of the ball when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fired past Edouard Mendy.

The German also took issue with the officials for not giving Kai Havertz a free-kick when he was firmly tackled by Rodrigo Bentancur before Hojbjerg’s goal.

And the second equaliser, which was scored by Harry Kane, came after Cristian Romero wasn’t punished despite VAR looking at an incident which showed him pulling the hair of Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella, while also saying a free-kick shortly before the corner which led to the second Spurs goal shouldn’t have been awarded.

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Chelsea fans will share Tuchel’s views, with one deciding drastic action is needed.


Havertz was also left incensed with some of the officiating

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Havertz was also left incensed with some of the officiating

The petition, started by an account named CFC DuBois, read: “Anthony Taylor has continued to make big decisions against Chelsea over the years in big matches.

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“Taylor has an agenda against Chelsea and should not be allowed to referee a game involving the club again.”

The petition went on to list other examples where Chelsea have felt wronged by decisions Taylor has made against them in matches they’ve played.

Chelsea fans’ gripes with Anthony Taylor

Mateo Kovacic red card in FA Cup final (August 2020)

Harry Maguire’s stamp on Michy Batshuayi (February 2020)

Paulo Gazzaniga’s kick on Marcos Alonso (December 2019)

Cristian Romero pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair (August 2022)

Reece James red card against Liverpool (August 2021)

Alexis Sanchez handball in FA Cup final (May 2017)

Harry Maguire holding Cesar Azpilicueta (October 2020)

The petition, posted on Change.org, has received over 41,000 signatures at the time of writing.

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