By Mark Smith

24th Oct, 2022 | 10:40am

Ex-Premier League referee: Crowd surge avoided at Leeds United v Fulham after proactive stewarding

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 has praised the stewards at Leeds United as a crowd surge was avoided in the 3-2 defeat against Fulham on Sunday 23rd October.

The ex-Premier League and FIFA referee noticed stewards barricading the stands as Fulham celebrated their second and third goals at Elland Road.

Things had turned sour at this stage, with anger from the home fans continuously directed at the board and Jesse Marsch without any serious incidents.

“Leeds has that history,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I think it’s far better to have proactive stewarding, rather than neutral. They do actually become proactive at Leeds, this is of interest to stop a crowd surge or an escalation.

“This is normal, I’ve seen this before at Leeds, they are pretty quick, quicker when the away team scores. That part can be pretty vulnerable, this is praising them for being proactive.”

Although incidents were avoided, they were never really going to happen.

Leeds fans are angry right now and it is completely down to the current state of affairs at the club, with the likes of Marsch still being backed despite dreadful developments on the pitch.

Fulham and their squad have every right to celebrate, and the stewards made it look far worst than what was happening in the crowds as they sprung into action.

Safety comes first though, and that was achieved so there can be no complaints on that front.

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