By Mark Smith

9th May, 2022 | 10:45am

Keith Hackett cannot believe Chris Kavanagh only gave initial yellow card to Luke Ayling for Leeds United v Arsenal

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 could not believe his eyes that Chris Kavanagh only gave Leeds United defender Luke Ayling an initial yellow card against Arsenal.

The ex-FIFA official admitted he was pleased that VAR intervened and a red card followed after the double-footed lunge on Gabriel Martinelli.

Ayling will now miss the rest of the season and can have no complaints after his “out of control” tackle.

“As far as the challenge is concerned, I was really surprised that he saw that as a yellow,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I thought he was in a good position, the player is off the ground with two feet. Giving a yellow for that was rather surprising, I was pleased at that point that VAR intervened.

“When the referee goes to the monitor it’s inevitable. He’s come in, he’s two-footed so he’s out of control, it’s that the players have to understand. I have no worries about the process.”


We still cant believe that Ayling thought he would get away with this.

As captain of a club in a relegation battle, you have to be responsible and this was simply wild and VAR was always going to intervene.

Kavanagh certainly had a shocker not seeing the initial problem, and we would have gotten away with it without the technology.

This is modern-day football though, and you are going to be sent off 10 times out of 10 if you go flying into challenges like this.

No complaints.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Luke Ayling did in the dressing room after the defeat at Arsenal