Referee Anthony Taylor opens up to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in Sky Sports documentary
Last Updated: 12/03/18 4:49pm
A referee analysing his own performance might be a rare occurrence but Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville got an insight into one “indefensible” Premier League decision during a Sky Sports documentary that airs this weekend.
The pair were given unique access to some of the country's top referees in The Referees, Onside with Carragher & Neville - a special programme to be shown on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm after the Super Sunday clash between Arsenal and Manchester City.
In the behind-the-scenes documentary we get to know the men behind the whistle, including Premier League referee Anthony Taylor, who lifted the lid on his call to award a controversial spot-kick to Burnley against Swansea earlier this season.
Taylor wrongly awarded a penalty to Burnley instead of a free-kick to Swansea when George Boyd's corner was handled by team-mate Sam Vokes and it's a decision the referee admits was "really poor".
"It's important to have a degree of honesty when we're doing this - you can't defend the indefensible," Taylor said, assessing his display alongside Neville, Carragher and PGMOL's Select Group Director, Adam Gale-Watts.
"For me personally and my personal sense of pride, it's a really poor decision."
How did Taylor come to the decision he made?
He put it down to basic human error, which he insisted can happen in any professional's walk of life.
Taylor said: "At the time the reasoning behind the decision was based around the last arm I saw in the air was from a Swansea player. It was totally flawed logic at that moment in time. The reaction of the Swansea players suggests to me that something's not right here.
"The reason I look a bit lost and meandering around is I'm trying to speak to my colleagues - it was difficult with so many players surrounding me and trying to influence me from both sides. But you're also looking to see if there's any kind of information there to make me change my decision."
From brandishing the cards to running the line to even taking a fitness test, Carragher and Neville were tested on every aspect of being a referee for the documentary - and it's fair to say they found it tough.
After one stern test, former Liverpool defender Carragher told Neil Swarbrick: "I will never ever criticise you again!"
How did Neville and Carragher get on? Find out by watching The Referees - Onside with Neville & Carragher on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday at 7pm after Arsenal v Manchester City on Super Sunday.