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LUFC Middlesbrough and Leeds stitched up

Unbelievably, the Football League has appointed Anthony Taylor as the man in charge when Leeds United makes the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The name Anthony Taylor still sends shivers through my bones after he gave one of the most inept refereeing performances seen at Elland Road, and we have seen a fair few over the years.

The game I question is the game when these two sides met at Elland Road at the start of the 2011/12 season.

In a game that never saw a bad foul, Taylor sent off three players including Leeds Jonny Howson and Max Gradel as well as Middlesbrough defender Tony McMahon.

His last two games at Elland Road has seen five red cards with Robert Snodgrass one of two players sent off in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the 2010/11 season.

The 35-year-old Premier League official never seems far away from controversy and he has been demoted to the Football League the weekend after a shocking performance in the Premier League. Often, red cards that he has shown have been rescinded.

He has already been at the centre of one of the more controversial moments in the Premier League this season when he allowed a goal by Chelsea striker Samuel Eto`o to stand against Cardiff City despite him kicking the ball out of the hands of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall. Former referee Graham Poll claimed after the game, 'Taylor needs a rest after getting a basic decision wrong`.

Although, I have focused on his shortcomings, his record with Leeds prior to the Middlesbrough game was good. He had taken charge of Leeds on five previous occasions, with them winning four and drawing one. That was until this season when he returned for the first time in over two years and he gave another inept performance in the New Year`s Day defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road.

Assistants: Matthew Wilkes and Michael McDonough
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 18 2014

Time: 7:24PM


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