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Ref Taylor refuses to blame stag do despite “indefensible” Swansea penalty incident

Date Posted,April 1, 2017

Premier League official Anthony Taylor insists his stag do had no bearing on a controversial decision during Swansea’s win over Burnley.

Taylor made the decision to go Marbella just days before the clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The 38-year-old was criticised after awarding Burnley a penalty, despite the ball hitting Clarets striker Sam Vokes on the arm.

Taylor has accepted responsibility but insists the sunny trip was not to blame.

“When my stag do had been planned, we planned it so that we were back in plenty of time, he said on ‘The Referees – Onside with Carragher & Neville’, to be aired on Sunday night on Sky Sports

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson protests the decision (Photo: REUTERS)
Swansea City’s Jack Cork speaks to referee Anthony Taylor (Photo: REUTERS)

“Training was still carried out when we were doing that. The preparation for this game was no different than for any other game.”

Taylor added his decision to award Burnley the penalty was “indefensible”, although Swansea went on to win 3-2.

“At the time the reasoning behind the decision was based around the last arm I saw in the air was from a Swansea player,” he said.

“It was totally flawed logic at that moment in time. The reaction of the Swansea players suggests to me that something’s not right here.

Taylor during Saturday’s Merseyside derby (Photo: Getty)

“The reason I look a bit lost and meandering around is I’m trying to speak to my colleagues.

“It was difficult with so many players surrounding me and trying to influence me from both sides. But you’re also looking to see if there’s any kind of information there to make me change my decision.

“It’s important to have a degree of honesty when we’re doing this – you can’t defend the indefensible.

“For me personally and my personal sense of pride, it’s a really poor decision.”

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