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Anthony Taylor, Premier Leagues Worst Referee?

Anthony Taylor, Premier Leagues Worst Referee?

The referee in the Wigan Athletic, Fulham Premier League game last weekend, Anthony Taylor, gave one of the poorest performances by any referee at any level that I have witnessed.

I have waited until now to write this, I wanted the disappointment of the result to fade so as not to cloud my opinion, I didn`t want to rant about his poor decisions costing us the game, because they didn`t, but some of the strangest, most inconsistent refereeing decisions certainly got the blood boiling.

Now I don`t know if Taylor was equally bad for both sides perhaps a Fulham fan or a neutral observer could comment on this, but with stats of a Latics foul count of 22 compared to Fulham`s 7, suggests that either Martinez`s men were tackling like raging tigers or Taylor was leaning towards the opponents.

The first outrageous decision came on about 10 minutes when Latics left back Maynor Figueroa brought the ball out of defence, he was challenged by a somewhat robust Clint Dempsey.

The Fulham striker was late in the tackle, caught the Latics left back on his ankle with studs raised, he also caught Figueroa flush on the jaw with his fore arm. Figueroa received treatment for approximately 3 minutes.

To the amazement of all in the DW Stadium, Taylor awarded the free kick to Fulham, when I say all I include the Fulham players who had actually taken up defensive positions thinking the kick was going the way of the home side. I`d love that one to be explained.

Decisions throughout the game were seemingly going this way, though strangely Dempsey, as is common with most modern strikers, hit the ground at every opportunity (diving), but I can`t remember the US international winning one free-kick, neither was he spoken to about two blatant dives in the area when no one was even close to him.

Fulham had the ball in the net mid-way through the second half but the assistant referee rightly flagged that the scorer, Dempsey, had deliberately controlled the ball with his arm before firing home. Liked using his arm on Saturday did Clint.

The Fulham players surrounded the assistant protesting, Danny Murphy actually ran a distance close on 50 yards to remonstrate about the decision, which was a well spotted deliberate handball and correctly ruled out.

I thought that deliberate handball was a bookable offence? If Dempsey didn`t go in the book then surely Murphy should have for his aggressive demeanour towards the referee`s assistant. But he didn`t.

Franco Di Santo did though, 90 minutes, Di Santo carrying the ball forward gets tackled by a Fulham defender, the ball goes out of play for a throw-in but Fulham are awarded a free-kick, another strange one, Di Santo throws his arm up, Taylor rushes over with yellow card aloft, so it was ok for Murphy to run 50 yards to scream at an official for making a correct decision that stopped a player cheating to score a goal, but not ok for a Latics player to throw his arm up in the air when a decision went against him?

There were many instances throughout the game that had the crowd scratching their heads, I would love to see the assessors report because I am sure it would make interesting reading, I would also love Mr Taylor to explain some of his baffling decisions, contact me here Anthony if you would be so kind as to provide the reasons behind the whistling and the cards.

A game with no malice, no bad tackles or challenges (Dempseys was borderline) yet a foul count of 22 to 7, just doesn`t add up.

Fearing I was paranoid, I decided to run a poll on the site, Anthony Taylor, Worst Refereeing Display, Ever?, the result was an overwhelming yes: Yes - 73%, Sour Grapes - 16%, Not as bad as Stuart Atwell - 11%, all other options 0%.

The worst refereeing display that I have seen without doubt, if I was rating Anthony Taylor I would give him 1 out of 10, he had an absolute shocker.

Is Taylor the Premier Leagues worst referee? On this performance without a doubt.

If you were there and agree or disagree please comment below.

Not surprisingly Taylor is `dropped` from the Premier League this weekend and he has been allocated the Championship game between Portsmouth and Leeds

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday January 21 2011
Time: 7:00AM


Shocking display of refereeing
19/01/2011 23:52:00
The Di Santo incident was right in front of where I sit. Di Santo had a fistfull of Hangeland's shirt, that is why the linesman flagged. Franco was annoyed because Hangeland was also pulling him back with his shirt and seeing that he had the ball, surely you would expect the free kick for Wigan or no free kick at all (6 of one, half a dozen of the other) . Either way it backs up your view. Lots of strange decisions on Saturday!
21/01/2011 09:19:00
I am careful not to have this sound like sour grapes because we didnt het the win, I am not suggesting that Taylor influenced the result in the slightest, it was his performance that really baffled me and I can understand how he has dismissed 10 players in the 16 games he's taken charge of
21/01/2011 10:13:00
I thought he was very poor for most of the game. Then he had to wipe out a goal he had given on the say of the flag waver. From then on he gave Latics nowt and them every decision he could.
21/01/2011 10:39:00
i noticed after we scored we never got a free kick again until after fulham had equalized.the assistant on the west stand side in the second half was on the same wavelength as the ref.i think they forgot to tell the assistant on the other side because he did ok.
johnney handsome
21/01/2011 10:47:00
0 we walked off I felt the ref was not using the same laws for both sides, a tickle by us got a card, and forearm smash by them nothing. Thought i put it down to incompetance and was glad the 2 that counted were correct. But it does play on the players when one side appears to get booked for nothing and the other side can get away with anything.
21/01/2011 13:45:00
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