Under-fire refs Anthony Taylor and Kevin Friend to be involved in FA Cup clashes

07 March 2017 02:23

Under-fire referees Anthony Taylor and Kevin Friend will both be involved in FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, the latter as a fourth official.

Taylor is to take charge of Arsenal's clash with non-League Lincoln at the Emirates Stadium, with Friend taking up the fourth official role earlier in the day when Middlesbrough host Manchester City.

The pair have come in for criticism in relation to incidents in Premier League games they refereed on Saturday.

Taylor awarded a penalty to Burnley for handball during their 3-2 defeat at Swansea when the offender was Clarets striker Sam Vokes.

Friend did not see two incidents in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth that have led to Football Association charges of alleged violent conduct - Tyrone Mings' boot landing on the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Swede's elbow striking the defender in the face.

That was a few days after Friend joined Taylor on the latter's stag do in Marbella. It understood they both received permission to go from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited and returned to the UK early last week.

Source: PA


Trending on the forum