Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has liked a post linking to a petition calling for referee Anthony Taylor to be banned from officiating Chelsea fixtures in future.
Taylor controversially sent off Chelsea defender Reece James in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday and awarding Liverpool a penalty which Mohamed Salah converted just before half-time.
Following the game, Chelsea fans launched a petition calling for Taylor to be stopped from refereeing future Chelsea matches. Fan page ‘Chelseapulse’ shared a picture of the petition, which was liked by left back Alonso.
The petition to ban Taylor from officiating Chelsea’s subsequent matches has been signed by nearly 50,000 people with the number expected to rise even further in the coming days.
Alonso has since unliked the post but it’s obvious the Chelsea players are still unhappy with Taylor’s decision to send off James.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was unhappy with how quick Taylor took the decision to send off James.
“I don’t know anymore what happens and what does not happen. We were just a bit worried that he was just looking at a photo and the photo gives a clear image that it’s a red card and a penalty,” Tuchel told Sky Sports.
“For me it was too quick, I would have wished for a longer check and to see the whole situation, where it gets deflected.
“I can remember referees explaining to us, if it’s a deflection and it’s not a very unnatural arm position, then it’s not a penalty.”