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Chelsea Star Likes Petition to Get Anthony Taylor Banned From Refereeing Their Matches

By Amreen
Anthony Taylor sent Reece James off for handball and awarded Liverpool a penalty
Anthony Taylor sent Reece James off for handball and awarded Liverpool a penalty / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Marcus Alonso has liked a petition started by Chelsea fans calling for Anthony Taylor to be banned from refereeing their games in the future.

Taylor sent off Reece James during the Blues' 1-1 draw with Liverpool and awarded a penalty to the Reds after claiming the defender had denied Jurgen Klopp's side a goalscoring opportunity.

Following the game, fans launched a petition calling for Taylor to be stopped from refereeing future Chelsea matches. "It is evident that this man has a strong agenda against the institution that is Chelsea FC," the petition's description reads.

"For example, he has sent off players for no reason and jeopardised our results. We strongly believe this should be investigated and Anthony should be banned from officiating Chelsea games."

Alonso, who played a part in the 1-1 draw, initially liked the post, before unliking it, but eager eyes on social media managed to capture the defender's action on the post.

Following the game, Thomas Tuchel admitted he felt that the VAR check was too quick, going off one image - and in his view that meant Taylor did not give the correct decision.

"I don’t know anymore what happens and what does not happen. We were just a bit worried that he was just looking at a photo and the photo gives a clear image that it’s a red card and a penalty," Tuchel told Sky Sports after the game.

"For me it was too quick, I would have wished for a longer check and to see the whole situation, where it gets deflected. I can remember referees explaining to us, if it’s a deflection and it’s not a very unnatural arm position, then it’s not a penalty."