Premier League referee Anthony Taylor has been demoted to the Championship for this weekend's round of fixtures.
Taylor, 45, is under fire after he controversially handed Newcastle a penalty during their trip to Wolves last weekend that saw the Magpies take the lead in the first-half. The official deemed Hwang Hee-chan brought down Fabian Schar when clearing the ball.
And VAR agreed with Taylor as the spot-kick stood. Taylor, who has been a Premier League official since 2010, will now referee the second-tier clash between Preston and Coventry – his first Championship tie since 2019.
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Wolves were able to salvage a draw, and boss Gary O'Neil was left fuming in his post-match interview: "[Newcastle's] second goal was never ever a penalty, ever. It was a terrible decision on-field and from VAR (but) we managed to bounce back."
While Hwang added: "I’d tried to clear the ball and saw someone block me. I stopped and he touched me – I don’t think it was a penalty.
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"I felt so sad and really wanted to do something for my team. Everybody said 'You can do it.' They gave me trust and I scored." Even Eddie Howe admitted it was a close call: "With the long delay, you knew it was a tight call."
Taylor isn't the first official to be sent to the Championship this season. Adrian Holmes was sent to run the line during Millwall's home match against Hull in October after he played his role in ruling out Luis Diaz's goal for Liverpool against Tottenham in north London.
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