EPL referee Anthony Taylor’s large palmy peanut-shaped, planetoid noggin – complete with its own weather systems – must have had its own flogging during his football-playing days.
What other excuse could explain how he and his team of equally-incompetent assistants decided to ignore Chelsea striker Pedro after his kick to the head of Stoke opponent Eric Pieters? Was it economic favouritism, match-fixing, threats from organized crime? Most likely another case of simple incompetence.
For neutral viewers like myself – and many of us have an axe to grind against archaic, out-of-touch referees – we know this is a serious problem that could one day bring down the entire beautiful game.
Judge for yourself, see in the photos below. It is simply unfathomable how Taylor and his near-side linesman neglected to hand out any punishment for the foul.
You can see in the first frame of the above Tweet that the boot of Pedro is clearly raised and makes contact with Pieters face in the eighth minute of Saturday’s match from The Britannia. In frame No. 2 (below) you can see that he knows the seriousness of his infraction and that his opponent has been seriously injured.
The Villa defender had to leave the field for several minutes to close up the bloody gash. Play was suspended for several minutes as Taylor lay on the pitch. As yet there has yet to be an update on his injury status.
But unbelievably coming out of this incident: no caution or red card was forthcoming from Anthony Taylor.
Despite Taylor’s incompetence at recognizing the seriousness of this blatant example of dangerous play, another more serious red flag should have also been raised.
This secondary disconnect and more serious malfunction by the match officials clearly proves why the EPL and FIFA in general lag far behind in head injury and concussion protocol.
That`s because there is no way Pieters – not to mention Pedro – should have been allowed to continue in the match.