Manchester-born referee Anthony Taylor will oversee Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Liverpool next Monday.
Taylor, who was born six miles away from Old Trafford in Wythenshawe, will take charge at Anfield for the biggest game in the upcoming round of fixtures when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
Taylor’s appointment for the match between Liverpool and United has however, been questioned by some fans on social media.
Referee Kevin Friend, who has acknowledged he was a Leicester fan, was scheduled to officiate Tottenham’s visit to Stoke last season, but was replaced after a social media campaign.
In April this year, Keith Hackett, the former head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), said: “At the beginning of every season the referees’ background information is audited.
“They complete a form that includes who they support, the history of if they’ve played the game and with the addresses where they are residing.
“That gives you a picture that comes into use when you’re appointing. It’s about ensuring, for example, you wouldn’t appoint a Sheffield-based ref for a Sheffield team.”
In 2013, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers questioned why Lee Mason, who is from Bolton, refereed his side’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City.
Rodgers was ultimately fined £8,000 for his comments.