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Anthony Taylor to referee Saturday's trip to Norwich City

This weekend's match officials have been confirmed

3 March 2022

We head to East Anglia this weekend for a clash with Norwich City. The Canaries, under former Bees boss Dean Smith, currently sit bottom of the table with five points now separating them from safety. Find out more about the match officials for the weekend's game below. 

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn

Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Anthony Taylor will take charge of his fourth Brentford game this weekend, with the previous three all ending in wins for the away side on the day.

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 first two Brentford games; both of which ended in 3-1 wins for Andy Scott's side, at Wrexham in December 2007 and at Shrewsbury in January 2009.

Between 2015 and 2018, Taylor took charge of a showpiece Wembley final every season and became the first man since Arthur Kingscott in 1901 to referee multiple FA Cup Finals when he oversaw Arsenal's 2-1 victory against Chelsea in May 2020. 

At international level, Taylor refereed the Under-19 European Championship final in 2015, the 2020/21 UEFA Super Cup, and the 2020/21 Nations League Final. He was also one of the referees at last summer's European Championship, being the man in charge of the Denmark vs Finland game during which Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest. 

So far this season, Taylor has taken charge of 29 matches across the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Nations League, and World Cup Qualifying showing 121 yellow cards and six reds; his sole Brentford outing being our 1-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea in October.  

Norwich City 21/22

244 fouls - 15th in Premier League

42 yellow cards - 14th in Premier League

1 red card - 10th in Premier League 

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