Anthony Taylor to referee Capital One Cup Final

Premier League referee Anthony Taylor will be the man in the middle for the 2015 Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham at Wembley on March 1.

Anthony Taylor watches on (Newcastle v Sunderland - 21st Dec 2014)
Holding the whistle: The much-improved Taylor has enjoyed a steady season but has been criticised for some divisive decisions

ANTHONY Taylor has been appointed as the referee for the 2015 Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham on March 1.

The 36-year-old from Cheshire will take charge when the two London rivals of the Premier League compete for the first major trophy of the campaign at Wembley Stadium next month.

He will be assisted by experienced linesmen Dave Bryan (Lincolnshire) – who is set to retire at the end of the season – and Lee Betts (Norfolk).

Fellow Select Group referee Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) has been assigned to fourth official duties while the reserve assistant is Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire).

It will be Taylor’s first national final as a referee – and his second time as the man in the middle at the national stadium after handling the 2012 FA Trophy Final – although he was the fourth official for the 2012 League Cup Final and the 2013 FA Cup Final.

The Wythenshawe-based whistler has established himself as a regular and reliable choice for Premier League games in this his fifth season at the highest level of English football.

He has also been entrusted with several high-profile encounters in the last 12 months including his first Merseyside and Tyne-Wear derbies this term.

Flashpoint in Merseyside derby at Goodison Park (7th February 2015)
Flashpoint: Taylor had several minor incidents to deal with during his first Merseyside derby at Goodison Park earlier this month

It is widely regarded among refereeing circles that the appointment is deserved based on a series of consistent performances in the past two seasons.

Taylor has only dropped into the Football League once in the current campaign – for the goalless draw between Midlands rivals Wolves and Birmingham at the start of November.

Overall, the Altrincham FC supporter has brandished 95 yellow cards, sent off four players and awarded four penalties so far in 23 games in all competitions in 2014-15 – prior to the FA Cup tie between Blackburn and Stoke he is due to oversee this afternoon (14 February).

Only Martin Atkinson – who was in charge of last season’s League Cup Final – has officiated more top-flight games than Taylor’s 19 while he also sits third in the yellow-card count.

Anthony Taylor books Fabregas for diving (S'ton v Chelsea - 28th Dec 2014)
Caution: Taylor shows a perplexed Fabregas a yellow card during the Premier League clash at St Mary’s at the end of December

The Fifa official has recently attracted widespread criticism for some dubious decisions including booking Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for an alleged dive under the challenge of Matt Targett during their 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Taylor then sent off Swansea’s Wayne Routledge on New Year’s Day – a decision his manager Garry Monk described as “baffling” – for reacting to an aggressive challenge from QPR midfielder Karl Henry which didn’t even receive a booking.

He also oversaw Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Liverpool in November and was criticised by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers for failing to award a penalty for a late handball by Gary Cahill.

His three Tottenham games already this term – against QPR in August, Newcastle in October and Crystal Palace last month – have scarcely yielded controversy although Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned the award of Palace’s penalty at Selhurst Park as his side lost 2-1.

Taylor began in the Northern Premier League in 2002 and advanced to the Conference in 2004 before joining the National List three years later with his first Football League match coming in League Two in August 2006.

His first Premier League match came in April 2010 before he was promoted to the top-flight permanently prior to the 2010/11 season and has controlled 95 matches since.

Having established himself as a capable and highly-rated official, he was admitted to the Fifa list of international referees in 2013.

Anthony Taylor at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid 2014
On duty: Taylor was in charge of the second half of last year’s charity contest and awarded a penalty to the Rest of the World

He also shared officiating duties at the Soccer Aid charity match – held every two years between England and the Rest of the World – last year with fellow Premier League referee Phil Dowd at Old Trafford.

Chelsea reached their first League Cup final since 2008 – when they lost 2-1 to Spurs after extra-time under Avram Grant – with a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool in the semi-finals.

Pochettino’s Tottenham earned their place in the showpiece by beating League One side Sheffield United 3-2 over two legs last month.

Both sides are bidding to lift the trophy for the fifth time and the 55th League Cup Final will be exclusively live on Sunday, March 1 on Sky Sports with kick-off at 16:00 GMT.

Chris Foy in FATV interview for 2010 FA Cup Final
Chris Foy oversaw the 2009 final as Spurs lost to Manchester United on penalties

2014:  Martin Atkinson
2013:  Kevin Friend
2012:  Mark Clattenburg
2011:  Mike Dean
2010:  Phil Dowd
2009:  Chris Foy
2008:  Mark Halsey
2007:  Howard Webb
2006:  Alan Wiley
2005:  Steve Bennett

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