'You genuinely could not write this': Chelsea fans angered by news ahead of Manchester United tie

Chelsea supporters on social media had the hump after discovering Anthony Taylor is set to take charge of the game against Manchester United on the weekend.

Taylor is the pantomime villain of the piece where Blues fans are concerned.

Based on his previous record whilst overseeing games involving the Champions League holders, their distaste towards the referee is understandable.

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Why always Anthony?

On numerous occasions, the man wearing black has taken the colour out of Chelsea’s palette.

Earlier this season, Taylor sent off Reece James for a rather soft handball in the Premier League away game versus Liverpool.

There have been several other cases of perceived injustice from the man in the middle, hence the outcry from the league leader’s entourage.

He was appointed the main official for Thomas Tuchel’s 1-0 win at Brentford in October, but fortunately stayed clear of the limelight that time.

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The 43-year-old will be under inspection once more when Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A choice that did not sit well with followers of the Blues in the slightest.

Here’s how they reacted to Taylor’s selection on Twitter:


Taylor troubles

The personal vendetta against Taylor stems back as far as 2017 and possibly beyond.

He ignored Alex Sanchez’s handball in the 2017 FA Cup final that led to Arsenal’s goal.

In last year’s finale of the same competition, Taylor controversially dismissed Mateo Kovacic and overlooked Emiliano Martinez handling the ball outside of the area.

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Of course, any referee might have made the same decisions in the same scenarios.

Yet, there does seem to be a pattern occurring.

Will that line continue when Taylor takes over Chelsea’s clash with United this weekend?

All shall be revealed in a few days.   

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.