Anthony Taylor faces a temporary demotion to the Championship following a contentious decision in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
In Saturday’s match, Newcastle took a 2-1 lead over Wolves at Molineux after Taylor awarded a highly debated penalty.
The incident involved Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan, who was adjudged to have fouled Fabian Schar while attempting to clear the ball from his box. The penalty decision raised significant controversy.
Although Hwang managed to score the equalizer later in the game, Wolves manager Gary O’Neil strongly criticized the penalty call, labeling it as “scandalous.”
Even Magpies manager Eddie Howe conceded that the decision was contentious, a sentiment echoed by club legend Alan Shearer on Match of the Day.
“I didn’t think it was a penalty,” Shearer expressed. “I can understand why the referee gave it on the pitch, but they reviewed it so many times in the replays, and I still can’t see why it wasn’t overturned. If that had been given against me, I’d be furious.”
While the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has not issued a formal apology to Wolves for the penalty decision, Anthony Taylor has been temporarily removed from refereeing Premier League matches this weekend.
Instead, he will oversee a Championship fixture between Preston and Coventry on Saturday. This marks his first time officiating in the second tier since 2019.
The following day, Taylor, who has been involved in refereeing Champions League and Euro 2024 qualifiers this season, will be on VAR duties for Luton’s game against Liverpool.
In contrast, Jarred Gillett, who served as VAR during the Newcastle vs. Wolves match, retains his position in the Premier League.
He will handle VAR responsibilities for Fulham’s match against Manchester United on Saturday and officiate the game between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa on Sunday as the referee.