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Referee Anthony Taylor Gets Demoted to the Championship

Referee Anthony Taylor Gets Demoted to the Championship
Referee Anthony Taylor Gets Demoted to the Championship

Referee Anthony Taylor has been demoted from the Premier League after his controversial penalty against Wolves.

On Saturday, during the match between Newcastle and Wolves at Molineux, a penalty was given by the referee, Anthony Taylor, after a contentious decision. Wolves’ player, Hwang Hee-chan, was judged to have fouled Fabian Schar in the box while trying to clear the ball.

Despite Hwang scoring a goal later in the game, Wolves’ manager, Gary O’Neil, called the penalty decision “scandalous.” Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, and club legend Alan Shearer, who shared their views on Match of the Day, also found the decision to be debatable.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty,” Shearer said. “I can see why the referee gave it initially, but even after watching the replays numerous times, I still can’t understand why it wasn’t overturned. If that decision was made against my team, I’d be really upset.”

The referees’ organization, PGMOL, hasn’t officially apologized to Wolves for the penalty. However, as a consequence of recent events, Taylor has been moved from officiating Premier League games this weekend as reported by Express&Star on their twitter page.

Taylor will be in charge of a Championship match between Preston and Coventry. This will be his first time refereeing in the second-tier league since 2019.

Football is a passionate game, and refereeing is super important. Lots of people watch and judge how referees do their job. Anthony Taylor’s situation shows how vital it is for referees to be really good and fair in all games, from the smallest to the biggest ones.

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