Anthony Taylor, Europa final referee, and his family were harassed by Roma fans after Jose Mourinho and co faced a heart-breaking penalty loss against Sevilla in the Europa League final.
After the game was tied 1-1 at full-time, penalties were called. Sevilla won 4-1 at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest.
Several social media users shared videos showing Taylor and his family taken out of a cafe by airport security after supporters hounded them. A chair was thrown in the referee’s direction. Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) condemned the harassment against Taylor.
“PGMOL is aware of videos circulating on social media showing Anthony Taylor and his family being harassed and abused at Budapest Airport. We are appalled at the unjustified and abhorrent abuse directed at Anthony and his family as he tries to make his way home from refereeing the Uefa Europa League final. We will continue to provide our full support to Anthony and his family,” the statement read.
Roma manager Mourinho was frustrated after the final. He was seen venting out at Taylor in the car park area. He approached the mini-bus designated for the referees and shouted, “Fcking disgrace man, it’s a fcking disgrace.”
“Fck off,” the manager yelled in Italian before walking away and saying: “Congratulations, you fcking disgrace.”
Who is Anthony Taylor?
Anthony Taylor is an English football referee from Wythenshawe, Manchester. He is 44 years old.
Taylor was promoted to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate primarily in the Premier League in 2010. Three years later he became a listed official for FIFA. In 2015, he refereed the Football League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Anthony Taylor attended the Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. He started refereeing in the Northern Premier League in 2002.