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Fans have already noticed Anthony Taylor having a howler in the Championship this weekend

Joe Adams

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Fans have already noticed Anthony Taylor having a howler in the Championship this weekend

Anthony Taylor has had a chaotic return to the Championship since being demoted from the Premier League.

Last week, it was confirmed that Taylor would not take charge of any of the top-flight's weekend fixtures following a controversial decision during Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.

Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan, in an attempt to clear the ball from his own box, was deemed to have caught Fabian Schar with his boot and Taylor pointed to the penalty spot.

Wolves boss Gary O'Neil branded the decision "scandalous", while Alan Shearer admitted he would also be "livid" on Match of the Day.

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Taylor was subsequently stepped down from Premier League action over the weekend, and instead took charge of Preston's Championship clash against Coventry on Saturday.

It was the first time the 45-year-old has officiated in the second tier since 2019, but his return did not come without controversy.

With the scores perfectly poised at 1-1, it took Taylor just 40 minutes to take centre stage. Preston's Milutin Osmajic was played in behind, before curling his shot wide of the target.

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Despite little protest from those in white, Taylor pointed to the spot, deeming that Coventry's Kyle McFadzean had impeded the forward on his path to goal.

On the replay, there looked to be very little, if any contact between the two players, but there was no VAR to check.


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Alan Browne tucked home the spot-kick, which proved to be vital to the three points, with Preston coming away 3-2 winners.

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Topics: EFL Championship, Preston North End, Football

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