Man City fans furious at appointment of ‘Man Utd fan’

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MANCHESTER CITY fans have hit out at the decision to appoint Anthony Taylor as the referee for tomorrow’s clash against rivals Manchester United.

Taylor is one of the most experienced officials in England but this weekend’s match will be his first Manchester Derby.

And City fans are not happy, as the 40-year-old is from Wythenshawe, a suburb of Manchester just six miles away from Old Trafford with strong ties to the red half of the city.

Taylor doesn’t support either of the Premier League giants, with non-league outfit Altrincham the team he follows.

But that’s not stopped City fans getting enraged with the decision to select him to be the man in the middle at the Etihad.

“Anthony Taylor refereeing the derby has to be some sort of joke,” wrote on supporter on Twitter.

Another posted: “Anthony Taylor to ref the derby. Born whythenshawe, into a family of reds. We might aswell just start with 10 men.” A third added: “I can’t believe Utd fan Anthony Taylor has been chosen to referee the derby this weekend! The FA have sunk to an all-time low. I wonder if they will use fergie time as well!”

Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Official Manchester City Supporters’ Group told the Telegraph earlier this week of his shock about the appointment.

“I’m gobsmacked,” Parker said. “I don’t know why the Premier League and PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, the referees’ governing body) would leave themselves open to all the flak that is bound to follow his appointment.

“This appointment smacks of people who have either no understanding of football rivalry or just sheer arrogance in ignoring the fact he is Manchester-born.

“Somewhere along the line he will have family who will support either City or United. Why put the referee in this position?”

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