A petition calling for referee Anthony Taylor to be banned from officiating Chelsea matches has received thousands of signatures after Sunday’s fiery clash with Tottenham ended in a 2-2 draw.
Over 85,000 individuals have signed the petition to stop Taylor from officiating Chelsea matches in the future, whilst #AnthonyTaylorOut has been trending on Twitter since pretty much the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.
“Taylor has an agenda against Chelsea and should not be allowed to referee a game involving the club again.”
The petition’s creator then goes on to list a series of grievances they have against Taylor, citing incidents that they believe ‘prove’ he shouldn’t be allowed to referee the club.
They included both goals scored by Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where Harry Kane’s late equaliser rescued a point for the visitors.
In the moments prior to Kane’s goal, Tottenham defender Cristian Romero clearly tugged at the hair of Chelsea’ s Marc Cucurella, although he went unpunished.
There was also controversy around Tottenham’s first equaliser on the afternoon, when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike was allowed to stand despite Richarlison standing in an offside position.
After VAR Mike Dean studied the incident, it was decided that the Brazilian forward wasn’t blocking the vision of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea had twice taken the lead in the match through goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, but ultimately had to settle for a point from a bad-tempered affair which ended with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham’s former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte receiving red cards after clashing on the touchline, initially after Hojbjerg’s goal and then again at full-time.