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Referee Anthony Taylor Demoted to the Championship After Controversial Wolves vs. Newcastle Penalty Decision

In a recent football controversy, Referee Anthony Taylor has faced demotion to the Championship following a contentious penalty call during the Wolves vs. Newcastle match. Taylor awarded Newcastle a penalty, which led to a 2-1 lead for the Magpies. The decision was based on an alleged foul by Hwang Hee-chan on Fabian Schar as he attempted to clear the ball.

This penalty decision, described as ‘scandalous’ by Gary O’Neil, stirred up significant controversy. Despite the controversial call, Hwang Hee-chan managed to score the equalizer, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Even Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, acknowledged the contentious nature of the decision, as did club legend Alan Shearer.

Alan Shearer, a respected figure in the world of football, expressed his disagreement with the penalty call, stating, “I didn’t think it was a penalty. I can understand why the referee has given it on the pitch, but then they looked at it so many times in the replays, and I still can’t see why it wasn’t overturned. If that was given against me, I’d be livid.”

Although the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has not issued a formal apology to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the widely criticized decision, Anthony Taylor has been demoted from Premier League games for the upcoming weekend. He is now set to referee the Championship fixture between Preston and Coventry on Saturday, marking his first time officiating in the second tier since 2019.

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While Taylor will take on the role of VAR official for Luton’s game against Liverpool on Sunday, he has not been assigned a top-flight match as the referee for this weekend. This decision comes despite his prior experience officiating Champions League games and EURO 2024 qualifying matches earlier in the season.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system played a crucial role in evaluating the contentious penalty decision at Molineux. Despite the widespread criticism, the VAR official for that game, Jarred Gillett, will retain his place in the Premier League. He is scheduled to work as the VAR official for Fulham’s match against Manchester United on Saturday and will referee the game between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa on Sunday.

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