Some Chelsea fans were absolutely disgusted with Anthony Taylor’s refereeing performance in their FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal today.
Frank Lampard’s side were defeated 2-1 in an encounter that was marred by a couple of controversial decisions that ultimately played a massive part in the game.
The Blues got off to a flying start when Christian Pulisic fired them ahead after a lovely team move, the lead only lasted to the 28th minute as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from the spot.
The second-half got off to a terrible start, Chelsea’s best players since the restart – Christian Pulisic – was left hiding his tears after a hamstring injury forced him off.
Chelsea were far too lax defensively as Arsenal charged forward in the 66th minute, leading to Aubameyang’s inspired second goal.
Things went from bad to worse when Mateo Kovacic was controversially sent off in the 73rd minute for a challenge on Granit Xhaka.
Here’s how some Chelsea supporters reacted to the result:
Anthony Taylor, Arsenal 12th man…played a major part in Arsenal winning today. How is that not a red card for Martinez.? Horrible officiating throughout the match.
Ruined my night. pic.twitter.com/P57l8x66Sh
— Blueisthecolor (@CFC_Avinash) August 1, 2020
it’s not poor referring, it’s just purely biased at this point…. , not the first time, maguire & bats and marcos alonso vs spurs…. pic.twitter.com/fPDd3pQR7n
— DJDrogba ? (@DJDrogba1104) August 1, 2020
what if i told you the player in blue was sent off for this?
One of the most disgraceful refereeing performances I’ve ever seen from Anthony Taylor today.
WHAT A JOKE. pic.twitter.com/CM003CnCEJ
— fatuma mohamed (@fatuma02) August 1, 2020
The ref with a world class Hazard like performance for Arsenal.
— . (@ForeverBlue_07) August 1, 2020
INVESTIGATE ANTHONY TAYLOR
— ? (@CFCLamps_) August 1, 2020
First and foremost, Lampard has to take a huge chunk of the blame as he delayed his substitutions.
Most importantly, Anthony Taylor messed Chelsea up. That man isn’t fit to be a Referee, let alone a referee in an FA Cup Final. Daylight Robbery.
— Omoluabi John Osho ?? (@John_binho) August 1, 2020
put aside the ref for a moment. lampard got it horribly wrong.
i want him to succeed but if he is still naive hes getting sacked and honestly i wouldn’t be surprised
— ? (@CFCSaadiq) August 1, 2020
The Blues had another call go against them when Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez appeared to handle the ball outside the box, the incident wasn’t even reviewed by VAR.
Chelsea were by no means at their best today, but it’s disappointing to see that the Blues had a couple of game-changing decisions go against them, which ultimately cost them the chance to win the trophy.