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Anthony Taylor from Wythenshawe will referee Burnley’s home game tomorrow against Manchester United but the talk will be more about his performance at Swansea recently rather than the fact he’s from Manchester.

Taylor is actually an Altrincham fan which allows him to referee both Manchester clubs with no concerns although there was some fuss kicked up recently when he was allocated United’s game against Liverpool.

That should not be a problem at all but Taylor will be refereeing us for the first time since his nightmare at Swansea recently when he firstly awarded us a penalty for a handball by Sam Vokes and then, in stoppage time, allowed Swansea’s winner despite Fernando Llorente’s blatant push on Ben Mee which ruled out any chance we had of clearing the ball into the box.

All the news after the game was of Taylor’s stag do that week and it followed a similarly shocking performance from Kevin Friend, who had also been on the stag do, earlier in the day in Manchester United’s home game against Bournemouth. Friend’s performance led to him being dropped from the Premier League for a month but, astonishingly, Taylor was allowed to continue and he’s since refereed four more Premier League games, one FA Cup tie and a Europa League game.

Taylor, in a recent television programme, admitted to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher that his penalty decision was a bad decision, describing it as indefensible, but no comment was made about the decision that eventually won Swansea the points.

He’s 13th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 62.70 out of 100 from nine qualifying games. He’s generally been OK but Swansea and an awful game at Sheffield United in 2008 stand out.

This season, in 29 domestic games, he’s shown 122 yellow cards and four red cards. Of the yellows, 53 have gone to home team players and 69 to away team players. The most recent of his red cards was Stoke’s Phil Bardsley who received a second yellow right at the end of their 2-1 home defeat against Chelsea.

His most recent game was Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Middlesbrough last Monday. Grant Leadbitter and Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) were shown yellow cards as were Arsenal’s Gabriel and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

We don’t know what to expect, but at least he’s not been on a stag do.

The assistant referees are Jake Collin (Merseyside) and Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire). The fourth official is Lee Mason (Bolton) whose last Burnley game was the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, our first game in 2017.

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Southamptonh1-100
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Liverpoolh0-110
2014/15Leicesterh0-130Y: Mee, Ings, Wallace
2016/17Leicestera0-310Y: Lowton
2016/17Crystal Palaceh3-230Y: Marney
2016/17Swanseaa2-340Y: Ward, Mee
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