By Kevin Campbell

18th Aug, 2022 | 10:02am

Campbell verdict on Chelsea controversy as petition gains widespread support - 'it's a problem'

Kevin Campbell has claimed the Premier League cannot stop Anthony Taylor from refereeing Chelsea matches.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton forward insisted “it will not work” if the authorities start being selective with referees in such a way.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel felt was left fuming with referee Anthony Taylor following his performance in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Sunday (14 August).

As quoted by The Guardian (14 August), the Blues boss suggested Taylor should not referee a Chelsea game again.

Chelsea supporters have set up a petition on Change to try and stop Taylor from refereeing their games – it has over 154,000 signatures.

Campbell claimed there is a problem with the consistency of refereeing across the board.

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I can’t see that working,” he told Football Insider.

I think there’s always been certain referees who managers and clubs have had issues with. It does get under the skin a little bit and people are going to say ‘I don’t want him to referee our matches’ but you get who you get. I can’t see teams or managers or petitions dictating who officiates matches, I just don’t see it happening.

Although, certain referees seem to have different outcomes with different teams, some are more positive and some are more negative, depending on which team it is. Managers and clubs sometimes feel hard done by.

When you actually look at what wasn’t given [on Sunday] if it was your team you’d think it wasn’t right. So I get it. People say it’s not VAR it’s the people who do it, but it’s the whole shooting match. It’s the whole thing, so if you do look at it and you don’t penalise anybody, the inconsistency of the whole thing is the problem.

In other news, sources have revealed that Chelsea have offered Everton two stars in Anthony Gordon part-exchange bid.