By MOT Leeds News speaking to Keith Hackett

14th Sep, 2021 | 9:10pm

Keith Hackett delivers verdict on Leeds United chants in 3-0 loss v Liverpool

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…

Former Premier League official Keith Hackett has delivered his verdict on the Leeds United fans that chanted at the referee in Sunday’s loss to Liverpool.

Leeds lost 3-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side at Elland Road and were outclassed for the majority of the game.

The game was, at times, thunderous on the pitch, with four cards dished out overall, including three in the opening 31 minutes.

Jonathan Liew, a sportswriter for the Guardian, also remarked about the intensity from the Whites fans in attendance who sang “who’s the scouser in the black?” at referee Craig Pawson after decisions went against them.

Liew wrote: “In a way, this was a measure of just how effectively Liverpool had done their jobs here: one of the most hostile home crowds in the country reduced to ironic referee-baiting and complaints about the fixture list.”

Ex-FIFA listed referee Hackett, speaking to MOT Leeds News, detailed the difficulties that his former contemporaries face.

“As a referee, you shut off completely,” Hackett said. “You’ve got concentration and vision, you’ve got a job to do.

“As referees, sadly, we’re brought up in a world where our decisions are questioned and therefore it’s a long apprenticeship to get to the very highest level of the game, so these things occur and we’re aware of it.

“If you can’t put up with the heat in the oven, then get out. Sadly, the scenario is this; if we look down a little deeper, the reaction by parents on the touchline in grassroots football does have a greater impact.

“The sadness of that is there is a huge shortfall of referees in this country and some of that is down to the abuse referees suffer in local youth leagues.

“But, in the professional leagues, if you pay your money you’re allowed to shout.”

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson predicts this Whites player is set for a season on the sidelines after an Elland Road development.