Rumours currently swirling around Manchester suggest Sunday’s Premier League referee between City and United, Anthony Taylor supports Manchester United. These rumours are unfounded and untrue. The 40-year-old Wythenshawe born official is a massive Altrincham FC (National League North) fan.
Conflict of interest
At the beginning of every season, officials must register IE complete forms with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) about who they support and the addresses where they reside.
Based on information disclosed will depend on how the Premier League appoint the respective match day officials. In other words and for obvious reasons the EPL does not want a conflict of interest between the referee and a specific club.
Sunday 11 November 2018
Manchester City vs. Manchester United
Kick-off – 4.30pm GMT
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
Anthony Taylor – season 2018/19
Taylor, a member of the Select Group Referees and FIFA listed official, has taken charge of 11 domestic fixtures, two Champions League ties and two international matches and in doing so brandished 55 yellow and no red cards.
Sunday’s game is his first of the season involving Manchester City FC.
Season 2017/18 involving MCFC
Monday 19 February 2018
Wigan 1-0 City
The home team received five cautions while City’s Fabian Delph was sent off for a second bookable offence on the stroke of half-time.
Tuesday 9 January 2018
City 2-1 Bristol City
Taylor issued the away side three bookings while City received none.
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Swansea 0-4 City
No cautions were issued for either team.
Saturday 16 September 2017
Watford 0-6 City
Again no City player received cautions.
Come on CITY!