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Anthony Taylor mocked in Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Leicester with chant

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During game week 4 of the 2022/23 Premier League season, the referee involved in the Chelsea vs. Tottenham controversy was on fourth official duty.

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Anthony Taylor mocked in Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Leicester with chant

After a 10-man Chelsea edged past Leicester City in the Premier League, a jubilant Stamford Bridge crowd mocked Anthony Taylor and referee Paul Tierney.

For once during a Chelsea match, the referee was not the main talking point. 

This comes at an opportune time, given the Taylor and Mike Dean controversy that erupted during game week 2 of the London derby against Tottenham.

However, referee Tierney was forced to dismiss Conor Gallagher.

A decision that was generally accepted by the jittery Stamford Bridge fanbase, who probably thought the Leeds hangover would continue after 30 minutes.

That included manager Thomas Tuchel, who was serving a one-match suspension after the FA punished him under code E3 for comments made about the aforementioned refereeing duo.

Even the German was unconcerned about the red card, as he shifted full responsibility to the player in question.

“Today, he is responsible for what he did. Of course, he knows it was a huge mistake,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference. 

“We spoke briefly after the game, and things like this can happen. It’s not purely his fault alone because it’s a set-piece for us, and it’s sloppy how we take set-pieces at the moment.

“We lack belief and precision. We can speak it out clearly. It’s not good enough how we take set-pieces at the moment, and on top of it, we give chances away. We are sloppy on the coverage and bad with the decision making how we cover the set pieces. We have to stop doing this and improve immediately. We are on it with the team, and I don’t know why it happened again.

“At the end of this chain is a decision that brings such a huge disadvantage after 25 minutes. It’s a very, very bad decision from Conor, and, of course, he is upset. Everybody was upset in this moment because it almost kills the whole football match.

An inspired team performance, however, was capped off by Raheem Sterling and Reece James, two players who stood out in the end and sent a strong World Cup message to Gareth Southgate.

Aside from the goals and the tense finish, the fans were a major talking point throughout the game. 

Despite Tierney’s excellent performance as a referee, some supporters ironically compared some of his decisions to Taylor’s.

The fans chanted: “Are you Taylor in disguise.”

Taylor was on his fourth official duty this weekend. He was on the bench to deal with Erik ten Hag and Ralph Hasenhuttl for Manchester United’s early Saturday win over Southampton. He will also be on hand in the same capacity for Aston Villa’s match against West Ham.

Meanwhile, Mike Dean, the other man heavily involved in the Chelsea vs Tottenham controversy, was on VAR duty for Brighton’s tense win over Leeds United.

Anthony Taylor mocked in Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Leicester with chant

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