By Joe Ellis

21st May, 2022 | 7:40pm

Leeds United bookings quash Ashley Barnes' false referee claims

Leeds United will travel to Brentford on Sunday (22 May) in a final bid to save their Premier League status and beat the drop ahead of Burnley.

The Clarets picked up a potentially crucial point away at Aston Villa on Thursday (19 May) in their game in hand which took them out of the bottom three at the expense of the Whites on goal difference alone.

Jesse Marsch and his side know that all they need to do is better the result of Burnley, who host Newcastle United at Turf Moor, and they will stay up but if the Clarets win, it would take a monumental goal difference swing to keep Leeds up.

But the pressure is already starting to show for the Lancastrians as striker Ashley Barnes believes that the referees of the Premier League want them to go down.

“I think in recent seasons people look at us and think we’re a hard team, being ugly,” Barnes said, as quoted by the Independent. “No disrespect, I think people, even referees, want us gone from the league.

“That’s just another issue we have to overcome. We’ve just got to concentrate on the game ourselves.”

Barnes can cry all he likes but the truth of the matter is we have seen the most yellow and red cards in the entire division so what he is complaining about is anybody’s guess.

We’ve had to deal with so many unjust decisions throughout the season that has affected a number of our results but we aren’t preaching to the choir about it, just get on with it.

It is very bold to make such comments before the final game because these officials will certainly take note of what he’s said and he can’t expect to get any kind of preferential treatment as a result.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Owen has predicted this weekend’s final Premier League games including our trip to Brentford.