Roma Fans Assault Anthony Taylor, Premier League Reacts


The English Premier League has released a statement concerning the assault that Anthony Taylor was subjected to by Roma supporters after the final of the Europa League between Sevilla and Roma.

The body released a statement on its official website frowning against how the incident was handled by the Roma supporters.

The statement read thus,

We are shocked and appalled by the unacceptable abuse directed at Anthony Taylor and his family as they traveled back from the UEFA Europa League Final. No one should have to suffer the inexcusable behavior they had to endure yesterday. Anthony is one of our most experienced and accomplished match officials and we fully support him and his family.

Taylor made several calls that did not go well with the Serie A club, one of which was the decision not to send off former Tottenham star Erik Lamela for a second yellow card before he scored in the penalty shootout.

There was also a penalty shout from Roma during the extra time of the match, they believed that they should have been awarded a penalty for a handball. Taylor did not consult the pitchside monitor for that decision as he definitively waved it away.

The manager of Roma, Jose Mourinho also expressed his anger during the post-match conference and in the parking lot after the game. The match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football but Sevilla won the game 4-1 on penalties.