FA Cup final referee Anthony Taylor sparks outrage after sending off Matteo Kovacic

Who will lift the cup, Aubameyang or Anthony Taylor?’: FA Cup final referee sparks outrage on social media after sending off Matteo Kovacic… three years after sending ANOTHER Chelsea player off in final against Arsenal

  • Chelsea were reduced to 10-men in the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday
  • Matteo Kovacic was shown red for an incident with the Gunners’ Granit Xhaka 
  • Blues fans were outraged following the decision which looked brutally harsh 
  • Victor Moses was also sent-off by Taylor in Chelsea’s last final back in 2017 

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Anthony Taylor’s decision to send Matteo Kovacic down the tunnel in the FA Cup final has sparked outrage.

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With Frank Lampard’s side having just gone 2-1 down following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s

classy second, Kovacic and Granit Xhaka lunged for the ball on the edge of the Gunners’ box.

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Kovacic failed to win the ball but brushed boots with the Swiss midfielder on the way through,

with Xhaka’s theatrical reaction looking to have swayed Taylor’s decision.

Matteo Kovacic was shown a second yellow card by Anthony Taylor in the FA Cup final

Matteo Kovacic was shown a second yellow card by Anthony Taylor in the FA Cup final

The Croatian's tackle on Granit Xhaka was penalised, which sparked outrage on social media

The Croatian’s tackle on Granit Xhaka was penalised, which sparked outrage on social media

The Blues went on to lose the final, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double winning it

The Blues went on to lose the final, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double winning it

Chelsea suffered at the hands of Taylor in their last FA Cup final back in 2017, losing 2-1 to

Arsenal again as Victor Moses was sent-off.

The Blues also conceded a soft penalty in the first-half, with Aubameyang levelling after

Cesar Azpilicueta’s challenge on the Arsenal skipper – as fans of the west Londoners also pointed

to keeper Emiliano Martinez stepping outside of his box to catch the ball.

‘Who will lift the cup, Aubameyang or Anthony Taylor?’ @ExpressionsOOZ wrote on Twitter as

West Ham star Declan Rice – who is a former Chelsea academy player –

added: ‘Some of the decisions in this game today…’

Taylor handed out a flurry of cards throughout the game, enraging Blues fans for his decisions

Taylor handed out a flurry of cards throughout the game, enraging Blues fans for his decisions

‘Anthony Taylor handing out cards like it’s Christmas’, @aoifewalsh90 said, after the referee

brandished seven yellows through the game, only one of which went to Arsenal.

‘Anthony Taylor should be given man of the match for Arsenal,’ @Realist_187 also fumed.

‘This is a final and if Anthony Taylor is the best they can offer, then they need to start auditioning

for new Refs soon. The level is so low,’ @Blue_Footy wrote.

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