Ex-FIFA official slams 'terrible error' as Leeds United v Brentford penalty assessment made
We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…
Paul Tierney was correct to award Leeds United a penalty kick in their 2-1 win away at Brentford on Sunday (22 May), according to Keith Hackett.
Raphinha put the Whites 1-0 up in the 56th minute after he was brought down in the box by Bees goalkeeper David Raya.
Ahead of fouling the Brazilian winger, Raya lost possession by playing the ball directly to him.
Former Premier League and FIFA official Hackett believes it was an easy penalty decision to make while he slammed Raya for gifting possession to Raphinha before fouling him.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Hackett said: “[It’s an] absolute stonewall penalty kick.
“The goalkeeper made a terrible error, no question.
“He could have received a sanction but didn’t.“
Hackett was also full of praise for Leeds manager Jesse Marsch.
Although the club’s form hasn’t been great since Marsch took charge, the American managed to just about keep the Yorkshire giants in the Premier League as they beat Brentford and Burnley lost to Newcastle United.
Hackett feels that while he liked watching Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, Marsch has done a good job of improving the defence at Elland Road.
“I think generally when you look at Leeds United, they’re a really entertaining side, clearly under Bielsa,” Hackett added.
“We all knew he was totally attack-minded and had a disorganised defence.
“I think it’s interesting how Marsch has come in as manager and sort of tightened them up a bit. They look more organised.”
In other Leeds United news, a player is set for a medical with the Whites ahead of Marsch making his first signing at the club.