Ex-Premier League ref slams 'lazy' referee over Raphinha penalty concession in Leeds United 3-2 loss v Chelsea
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…
Keith Hackett was stunned by Chris Kavanagh’s initial decision not to award Chelsea a penalty against Leeds United after Raphinha’s foul on Antonio Rudiger.
The German defender won two spot-kicks to Stamford Bridge on Saturday (11 December) as the Blues ran out 3-2 winners over the Whites, thanks to a stoppage-time Jorginho goal.
Jorginho scored twice from 12 yards but the first one was only awarded after intervention by the VAR.
Former FIFA-listed official Hackett was appalled by Kavanagh’s initial decision.
“When Kavanagh came on the referee list, he offered ability, good decision-making, and I still think he’s quite a good decision-maker, but I think he’s become lazy,” Hackett told MOT Leeds News. “[He’s] lazy in his movement, he’s not sharp enough as a Premier League referee. He’s too laidback, get involved!
“There was one occasion, one penalty-kick [Raphinha on Rudiger], when he stopped 10 yards short of the penalty area, so he doesn’t give himself the opportunity of a good viewing angle, he restricts the viewing angle opportunity. Mike Dean came in and rescued him.
“Ultimately, VAR is a support mechanism to rectify and help with the decision-making accuracy, but in the first instance, the referee’s got to be seeing these.
“When you give a corner kick and it should be a penalty kick, that’s a massive error. He loses his credibility.”
In other Leeds United news, a separate incident in the game has seen the Whites hit with an FA charge after breaching rules.