Premier League happy with decision to appoint Anthony Taylor as Manchester derby referee

The Premier League are happy with their decision to give referee Anthony Taylor his first Manchester derby, Sky Sports News understands.

The decision to appoint Taylor as the referee for the Super Sunday match at the Etihad Stadium has been criticised by Manchester City supporters due to the fact that he comes from Wythenshawe, just six miles from Old Trafford.

All Premier League referees have to declare their allegiances, with Taylor being a season-ticket holder at National League North club Altrincham.

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Taylor, who has been a Premier League referee since 2010, has been in charge of a number of matches involving both Manchester clubs during his eight years in the top-flight.

Of the 17 Premier League Select Group Referees, only three – Martin Atkinson, Michael Oliver and Andre Marriner – have refereed a Manchester Derby.

Remember, you can watch the Manchester derby live on Sky Sports Main Event HD and Sky Sports Premier League HD on Sunday from 4.15pm.

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