Premier League referee Anthony Taylor had a moment to forget during Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting between Dynamo Kiev and Benfica.
The Group E opener in the Ukrainian capital ended in a goalless draw, but the drama was not lacking as Taylor accidentally gave Kiev midfielder Denys Garmash his marching orders in the 82nd minute .
Garmash came off the turf after being knocked down by a powerful challenge seconds earlier and produced a high tackle on Benfica midfielder Joao Mario.
Taylor blew his whistle and, to Garmash’s utter amazement, he was shown a yellow card followed by a red card as an official designating various areas of the pitch where he allegedly committed fouls.
The 31-year-old refused to leave the pitch as Kiev players and staff on the sideline looked equally confused and protested the decision.
Taylor quickly realized his mistake and rectified it by showing Garmash a yellow card, much to the relief of the Kiev ace.
This is an unusual mistake by Taylor, who has refereed in the Premier League since 2010 and was on the FIFA roster in 2013, allowing him to referee European and international matches.
The 42-year-old CV includes refereeing the League Cup final, two FA Cup finals and the 2020 UEFA Super Cup.
Taylor also received a lot of praise this summer for his composed reaction to Christian Eriksen’s collapse in the Euro 2020 group stage between Denmark and Finland, which he officiated.
He quickly interrupted play and brought medical professionals into the field, meaning Eriksen was successfully treated for cardiac arrest within seconds.
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Following the heartbreaking incident, UEFA referee manager Roberto Rosetti said: “Everyone agreed that Anthony was perfect. He handled this difficult time very well.
“We are proud of his behavior, we are proud of his composure. We recommended to the referees that safety comes first, it is the most important target for us.
“The referees have to do it, and they’re ready to stop the game immediately in these situations. Anthony was amazing.”
Taylor began officiating in the Northern Premier League in 2002 and progressed to the National League and English Football League before reaching the top flight.
He will be hoping to put his Champions League mistake behind him by taking charge of Burnley’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.
Taylor had a history with former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who called him “stubborn” after giving Aston Villa two penalties en route to a 3-1 win at the Emirates in 2013 while ejecting Laurent Koscielny.