For those who wonder whether Anthony Taylor has it in himself to stop becoming the beacon of attention in every Chelsea match he referees, today’s match against Liverpool shows that he will not leave the stage no matter what. In a defensive scramble in Chelsea’s penalty box Reece James manages a goal-line clearance with his thigh. However Liverpool and the referee saw the defender’s attempt and reaction as a handball to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity, the latter convinced of it after a one-second VAR check.
And so chaos ensued. Reece got a red card, Edouard Mendy and Antonio Rüdiger received yellows for dissent, and 1-1 to Liverpool just at the end of first half.