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George Baldock should have been booked for his “reckless” challenge on Tyler Roberts as Leeds United beat Sheffield United on Saturday, according to Keith Hackett.
Baldock clattered into Roberts in the 31st minute of the Yorkshire derby and while the Wales international was able to shake off the challenge, Baldock was tested for a concussion.
The Blades player played briefly but was later substituted off after complaining of blurred vision [The Telegraph].
Referee Graham Scott failed to punish Baldock in any way for his challenge on Roberts and while many Leeds fans feel the away side’s player should have been sent off, Hackett believes a yellow card would have been enough.
“There’s no question that was a reckless challenge, at least, and therefore a yellow card,” Hackett told MOT Leeds News.
“I have seen a still image that shows the Sheffield United player off the ground launching [towards Roberts].
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“At that point, his feet are in contact with the ground and the speed of the Leeds player [makes him] goes over.
“I’m basically saying that is a reckless challenge and should be a yellow card. VAR is not allowed to come in on a yellow card offence, that’s why he’s not come in.
“It’s as clear as that.
“He’s made the judgment and sometimes speed can play a part.
“At worst it’s reckless but it’s definitely not a red card.”
Another former Premier League referee in Peter Walton also felt that Baldock should not have been sent off for his challenge.
Walton also claimed that Baldock slipped as he made the challenge which is why he wouldn’t have sent him off.
Either way, Leeds won and the Sheffield United defender couldn’t finish the game due to injuring himself.
While it was reckless, Roberts walked away unscathed and hopefully Baldock will recover too.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has dropped a big hint about potential first-team debuts for Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville.