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FA Cup final referee sparks outrage on social media after sending off Matteo Kovacic

  /  autty

Anthony Taylor's decision to send Matteo Kovacic down the tunnel in the FA Cup final has sparked outrage.

With Frank Lampard's side having just gone 2-1 down following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's classy second, Kovacic and Granit Xhaka lunged for the ball on the edge of the Gunners' box.

Kovacic failed to win the ball but brushed boots with the Swiss midfielder on the way through, with Xhaka's theatrical reaction looking to have swayed Taylor's decision.

Chelsea suffered at the hands of Taylor in their last FA Cup final back in 2017, losing 2-1 to Arsenal again as Victor Moses was sent-off.

The Blues also conceded a soft penalty in the first-half, with Aubameyang levelling after Cesar Azpilicueta's challenge on the Arsenal skipper - as fans of the west Londoners also pointed to keeper Emiliano Martinez stepping outside of his box to catch the ball.

'Who will lift the cup, Aubameyang or Anthony Taylor?' @ExpressionsOOZ wrote on Twitter as West Ham star Declan Rice - who is a former Chelsea academy player - added: 'Some of the decisions in this game today...'

'Anthony Taylor handing out cards like it’s Christmas', @aoifewalsh90 said, after the referee brandished seven yellows through the game, only one of which went to Arsenal.

'Anthony Taylor should be given man of the match for Arsenal,' @Realist_187 also fumed.

'This is a final and if Anthony Taylor is the best they can offer, then they need to start auditioning for new Refs soon. The level is so low,' @Blue_Footy wrote.