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Chelsea referee to be dropped after blunder

Taylor will sit out the next round of fixtures. (©GettyImages)
Taylor will sit out the next round of fixtures. (©GettyImages).

Premier League chiefs have stood down referee Anthony Taylor following a list of errors during Saturday's Chelsea v Cardiff clash and a letter of protest from away manager Malky Mackay, according to The Daily Mirror.

The most glaringly poor decision came when Blues striker Samuel Eto'o nicked the ball away from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as he bounced the ball – an act deemed a foul by Law 12 of the FA rulebook.

Referee Taylor's failure to stop play had dire repercussions for the Bluebirds, who were winning 1-0 before the Cameroonian fed Eden Hazard to roll home the equaliser.

Chelsea pushed on to wrestle control of the game and register a convincing 4-1 win.

Following a grilling from Mackay, Taylor explained he believed that Marshall had dropped the ball, despite video replays suggesting otherwise. The visiting boss has now written to referees' chief Mark Riley asking for clarification, despite knowing his letter will not change the result.

"Anthony and his linesman were quite calm when they told me why the goal was given," said Mackay.

"I just looked for clarification but it's clear David was bouncing the ball, he didn't drop it."

"So we'll write to Mike and his team to look at it. I will accept what I get back from him."

"It is not going to make any difference. Referees and linesman are human as well. They are not making these mistakes on purpose."

It was an incident that caught many by surprise, but none more so than Marshall himself, who will be double or even triple checking his surroundings before releasing the ball for a good while.

"The goal was probably down to me," he said. "It's a habit of mine to bounce the ball as I prepare to kick," revealed the 'keeper.

"Eto'o nipped in and knocked it away from me. I'm not sure of the rules, but it's probably my fault."

"The ball wasn't in my hands at the time. I knew he was there and force of habit made me do it. Maybe it's a habit I will have to get out of."

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