Chelsea played the second half of the Saturday encounter with Liverpool with 10 men. This was due to the sending off of Reece James by Anthony Taylor.
Reece James was adjudged to have handled a goal-bound effort, and after a VAR check, he was sent off.
Chelsea players and fans were furious with the decisions and Anthony Taylor has been perceived to hate Chelsea due to previous records in Chelsea matches.
Anthony Taylor records
In his 38 games against Chelsea, Chelsea only won 18 and lost 12 games. This is the worst of all teams and a sharp contrast to Manchester United that has won a whopping 25 games out of 25.
Anthony Taylor has given Chelsea only 5 penalties compared to Liverpool that has got 11 under his refereeing. He has also dished out 87 yellow cards to Chelsea, the highest number of any team in England, Liverpool is at second with 70.
Tom Henning Øvrebø
Tom Henning Øvrebø will always be notoriously associated with Chelsea for some reason. Any Chelsea fan will know him because of the Champions League semi-final second leg loss against Barcelona in 2009.
Chelsea secured a goalless draw at Camp Nou. Chelsea was put in the front foot in the second leg by Essien’s thunderbolt. Barcelona saw Keita got red-carded in the 25 minutes but Chelsea could not score a second goal. In fact, Iniesta equalized in the dying minutes
Chelsea players were furious due to several penalty appeals turned down by Øvrebø especially after the handling of the ball by Pique and Eto’o inside the eighteen yard box.
Drogba was banned for 6 matches, Bosingwa for 4 matches for angry rants after the match. Chelsea was also fined for improper conduct by their fans.
Tom Henning Øvrebø faced death threats from supporters after that match. He has to be provided with a police escort.
Since that match, he only refereed once in the Champions League in the Bayern match against Fiorentina where he also missed a clear offside call.
He is not necessarily hated by Chelsea fans. But his decision-making was called to question following a series of bizarre decisions in a match against Manchester United in October 2012.
Chelsea has leveled the score after conceding two early goals from David Luiz’s own goal and Van Persie’s strike. Ivanovic will be sent off for a foul on Ashley Young. But the sending off of Fernando Torres for a second yellow card for diving was questionable. He was actually fouled by Jonny Evans.
To make matters worse, Chicharito will go on to score a winner from an offside position. Chelsea fans jeered him.
Mikel Obi will come out to lay an allegation against him accusing him of using inappropriate language towards him. He was however acquitted of the charges and Mikel was even found guilty and fined.
Clattenburg will go on to have a successful career refereeing the 2016 Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, and also the 2016 Euro final between Portugal and France.