Anthony Taylor’s Football Team an Open Secret as Ref Prepares for Man Utd vs Liverpool

Anthony Taylor has been selected to referee the upcoming match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. This decision has sparked debate due to Taylor’s birthplace in Greater Manchester. Despite being born in Manchester, Taylor is a supporter of Altrincham, a National League team, rather than either Manchester giant, which should alleviate concerns about bias. Grahame Rowley, president of Altrincham, confirmed Taylor’s support for the team and his passion for lower-tier football.

According to PGMOL regulations, referees are not allowed to officiate matches involving teams they support. Taylor is set to officiate his fourth Liverpool vs. United game, leading to concerns from former referees Mark Halsey and Keith Hackett. Halsey expressed doubts about the appointment, while Hackett raised concerns about Taylor’s personal safety due to his proximity to Old Trafford. Despite the controversy, Taylor has previously officiated high-profile matches between Liverpool and United, with Liverpool emerging victorious in both encounters.

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