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Manchester United appoint Anthony Taylor to referee Newcastle United match (satire)

2 weeks ago
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Anthony Taylor is the referee on Saturday, yet again taking charge of Manchester United v Newcastle United.

Newcastle putting out an official announcement (see below) on Tuesday morning, confirming who the match officials are.

It is quite bizarre that in these days of ever more money and importance attached to Premier League games, this can be allowed to continue.

Anthony Taylor, born and bred in Wythenshawe, only some six or so miles from Old Trafford.

Premier League referees are required to give details of any club(s) they support and these are some of the high profile officials and who they support:

Anthony Taylor – Altrincham

Andre Marriner – Aston Villa

Lee Mason – Bolton Wanderers

Kevin Friend – Bristol City and Leicester

Mike Jones – Chester City

Robert Madley – Huddersfield Town

Martin Atkinson – Leeds United

Stuart Attwell – Luton Town

Michael Oliver – Newcastle United

Roger East – Salisbury FC

Jon Moss – Sunderland

Simon Hooper – Swindon Town

It isn’t just doing the right thing, surely the Premier League have to also be seen to be doing the right thing.

If for example Anthony Taylor was born and bred in Whitley Bay, it is very difficult to imagine that he would be allowed to referee Newcastle United against Manchester United, even if he swore that his allegiance was honestly mate, to Whitley Bay. That he most definitely not didn’t have any feelings whatsoever, positive or negative, about Newcastle United.

Whitley Bay to St James Park is a longer distance than Wythenshawe to Old Trafford, so it is beyond belief that out of all the referees who could take Man Utd games, they choose Anthony Taylor.

Newcastle fans have bad memories of Anthony Taylor in this fixture, maybe most notably three years ago, NUFC going into a swift 2-0 lead and having loads of chances to make it 3-0 or even better before half-time. That day Anthony Taylor infuriated Newcastle fans, Rafa Benitez, the players and so on, his very worst moment when a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick hit Ashley Young’s arm for one of the clearest penalties you could ever see, only for Anthony Taylor to say he wasn’t watching that area of the pitch at the time…leaving NUFC fans wondering exactly where a referee would be looking when a free-kick is taken just outside the penalty area in such a dangerous position. Man Utd going on to score three late goals in the final 20 minutes and Newcastle fans wondering what would have been if that penalty had been given…

Nobody would claim Anthony Taylor makes decisions on the pitch based on where he’s from BUT very difficult to believe that you don’t have feelings one way or another for the likes of Man Utd and Man City, even if only subconsciously, when you grew up in such close proximity to these clubs.

Cynics will always question as well when referees pick lower league or even non-league clubs as their nominated clubs that they support. Pretty much everybody that I have ever met who supports a club in the lower leagues, has at least some affection as well for a Premier League club.

Once again, with all the money and importance riding on it, it is bizarre that the Premier League don’t insist on referees only officiating matches for clubs well away from where they are from.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Anthony Taylor has been confirmed as the referee for Newcastle United’s Premier League game at Manchester United on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies return to Premier League action this weekend following the international break, as they face the Red Devils – and their latest signing in Cristiano Ronaldo – at Old Trafford.

And Wythenshawe-born official Taylor has been appointed for the fixture, which will be his sixth outing of the 2021/22 season so far.

Three of those games have come in the Premier League, with the other two coming in the qualifying rounds for the Champions League – Benfica’s 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk’s 2-2 draw with Monaco.

In the domestic game, FIFA-listed Taylor has overseen Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat at Spurs, Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-0 win over Watford and Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

In those five games, the 42-year-old has issued 23 yellow cards – including ten in Shakhtar’s draw with Monaco – and one red, to Chelsea’s Reece James at Anfield.

Last term, Taylor oversaw three Newcastle fixtures – the 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds United, the 3-0 reverse at Brighton and the 2-1 victory at Burnley before heading to the EURO 2020 finals.

He had three appointments during the tournament and Taylor – who, in 2020, became the first man in almost 120 years to referee two FA Cup finals – was the man in the middle for Denmark’s group game against Finland in which Christian Eriksen collapsed.

The referee received widespread praise for his handling of the situation following Eriksen’s cardiac arrest, with Taylor’s quick thinking and decisive action crucial in helping to get the Inter Milan midfielder immediate medical assistance.

Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn will assist Taylor on Saturday, with John Brooks named as the fourth official.

Craig Pawson will be the VAR, with Scott Ledger acting as his assistant.’

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