Ref Styles axed after Chelsea, Liverpool controversy

Ref Rob Styles has been axed after his penalty decision in favour of Chelsea in yesterday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

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Referees' chief Keith Hackett has confirmed Styles will not take charge of a match next weekend after his performance in the game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

Styles controversially awarded Chelsea a penalty which enabled the Blues to equalise Fernando Torres' opener, before causing confusion by brandishing a yellow card at Michael Essien - who had already been booked - but insisting it was John Terry being yellow-carded.

And Hackett, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, told Sky Sports News: "Accountability exists and we, the PGMOL, do expect referees to get big decisions correct.

"On this occasion it was wrong and therefore Rob will not be officiating next weekend."

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