An English referee at Wembley. Anthony Taylor, chosen by UEFA for the Italy-Austria match, was born in 1978 and is originally from Manchester. He achieved international degrees in 2013, after three years of continuous experience in the Premier League. He directed the first European match in the Champions League between Slovan Bratislava and Ludogorets (2-1, on 17 July 2013), valid for the second qualifying round. He is not a referee who shows cards frequently: he has a fairly low average-yellow card (about five per game), he has inflicted even fewer red cards, despite the current rules.
Taylor rose to the headlines in England for a bachelor party, consumed in Spain a few days before the Premier match between Swansea and Burnley (March 4, 2017), for which he had been designated. A penalty mistakenly granted to Burnley for a touch of hand has sparked the controversy on the tabloids, in reality it is the work of the striker of the ‘Clarets’ Sam Vokes. The inattention was automatically attributed to Taylor’s lack of ‘professionalism’ in the days of preparation for the event, which was ‘distracted’. The ‘whistle’ was thus inflicted an official sanction by Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd for the party.
His first time with an Italian dates back to Inter-Saint Etienne 0-0, on 23 October 2014, valid for the group stage of the Europa League. During the season that ended he directed Bruges-Lazio and Inter-Real Madrid in the Champions League, Roma-Ajax in the Europa League: in this European Championship he was awarded the shocking (due to Eriksen’s illness) Denmark-Finland, but also Portugal-Germany. He already headed Italy on 14 October last year, in the 1-1 home match with the Netherlands and valid for the Nations League.
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