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Anthony Taylor handed weekend's West London derby

Match officials confirmed for Blues clash

14 October 2021

We return to action this weekend with a mouthwatering West London derby against Premier League leaders Chelsea to look forward to. Both sides have only tasted defeat once this campaign going into the fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium and the match officials for the game have now been confirmed.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn

Fourth official: Simon Hooper

VAR: Paul Tierney

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Anthony Taylor and his two Assistant Referees head to TW8 this weekend fresh from taking charge of the Nations League Final between France and Spain on Sunday night. 

It's been a steady journey for the Lancashire FA Official from the Northern Premier League to the top of the international game. 

Manchester-born Taylor joined the ranks of EFL officials in 2006 before progressing to the Select Group 1 of top flight officials for the 2010/11 season. 

It was during those four years in the EFL that Taylor took charge of his only two previous Brentford games; both ended in 3-1 away wins for Andy Scott's side, at Wrexham in December 2007 and at Shrewsbury in January 2009.

Since 2010, Taylor has taken charge of a number of high profile domestic finals, all of which have involved Saturday's opponents Chelsea. There was the 2015 EFL Cup Final which The Blues won before three straight Chelsea defeats at Wembley. The two most recent of those were FA Cup Finals against Arsenal as Taylor became the first man since Arthur Kingscott in 1901 to referee multiple FA Cup Finals.

So far this season, Taylor has taken charge of 11 matches across the Premier League, Champions League, Nations League, and World Cup Qualifying showing 46 yellow cards and one red. 

Chelsea 21/22

72 fouls - Sixth in Premier League

8 yellow cards - Second Fewest in Premier League

1 red card - Joint-Most in Premier League 

There will no trains stopping at Kew Bridge, Brentford or Chiswick stations on Saturday while the M4 is closed all weekend between Junction 4B and 3.

In line with recent Premier League guidance, we will be conducting a limited number of COVID-19 status spot checks at our upcoming home games – including at the Chelsea game


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