Dynamo Kiev’s Champions League clash with Benfica ended in confusion after England referee Anthony Taylor sent a player off by mistake.
Premier League official Taylor – who was the referee for Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on Saturday – blundered in Europe on Tuesday night.
Dynamo star Denys Garmash looked utterly baffled when told to leave the pitch towards the end of their Champions League opener with Benfica – which ended in a 0 draw. 0.
Why? Taylor showed him a second yellow card, quickly followed by a red… but he had never received the first reservation, nor had he committed a reservationable infraction.
Taylor’s blushes were spared as the Englishman’s mistake was pointed out on the pitch.
Ukraine international Garmash was stunned to see a red card waving his way and quickly protested.
Dynamo boss Mircea Lucescu also shared his feelings and tried to inform Taylor of his mistake.
The 42-year-old official then realized his mistake and corrected it, withdrawing the red card meaning Garmash was able to end the game with just one warning to his name.
This isn’t the first time Taylor has been in the spotlight this season.
He was responsible for Liverpool’s cranky clash with Chelsea last month where Taylor sent Reece James out for handball.
Mohamed Salah scored on the spot to cancel Kai Havertz’s opening goal and seal a 1-1 draw.
It also sparked handbags on the pitch between the players with Chelsea stars furious at the decision. The Blues were then indicted by the Football Association for not having controlled their players.
This is also not the first blunder of a red card committed by an English referee at the highest level of the game.
Graham Poll gave Croatian defender Josip Simunic three yellow cards before sending him off to the 2006 World Cup.
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