Marcos Alonso likes a post referencing Chelsea fans’ petition to get Anthony Taylor banned from refereeing their matches after the official sent off Reece James and awarded Liverpool a penalty during clash at Anfield
- Marcos Alonso liked a post referencing a petition about referee Anthony Taylor
- Chelsea fans launched a petition to get the official banned from their matches
- The Blues were unhappy with his decision to send off Reece James at Anfield
- Taylor sent the defender off for handball and awarded Liverpool a penalty
Marcos Alonso has liked a post linking to a petition calling for referee Anthony Taylor to be banned from officiating Chelsea fixtures after he sent off Reece James in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The Blues were furious with Taylor’s decision to award the Reds a penalty and give James a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity by blocking Sadio Mane’s goal-bound effort with his arm.
Mohamed Salah converted the spot-kick to make it 1-1 just before half-time after Kai Havertz had given Chelsea the lead and with the Blues down to 10 men, they were forced to be more defensive after the break.
Marcos Alonso has liked a post linking to a petition calling for referee Anthony Taylor to be banned from officiating Chelsea fixtures
Following the game, fans launched a petition calling for Taylor to be stopped from refereeing future Chelsea matches. Fan page ‘Chelseapulse’ shared a picture of the petition, which was liked by left back Alonso.
The defender has since unliked the post but Chelsea’s players are clearly still aggrieved by Taylor’s decision.
The official was advised to check the pitch-side monitor by VAR following the incident but Thomas Tuchel and Cesar Azpilicueta both thought he should have looked at more than one replay after making his decision in a matter of seconds.
The Blues were furious with Taylor’s decision to award the Reds a penalty and give James a red card
Cesar Azpilicueta believed the referee should have looked at more than one replay
‘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.
‘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.’
Blues captain Azpilicueta also thought the decision was made too quickly.
‘Harsh. I feel sorry for Reece. The referee got advice from VAR to give it. He went to the screen to watch one replay.
‘We got the double punishment, red card and a penalty – and two yellow cards in the same action. We were angry.
‘But you have to calm down and find a way to fight together as a team. I think the team fought and maybe we had the best two chances in the second half.’
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