By Mark Smith

29th Aug, 2022 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett: Leeds United can expect financial punishment from FA after incident v Barnsley

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 insisted that Leeds United are set to be fined by the FA this week after being charged for the scenes in the 3-1 win over Barnsley.

The ex-FIFA referee admitted that when being charged with failing to control their players, clubs rarely get away with it as it is seen as damaging the image of the game.

Leeds have time to appeal the charge, but given the severity of the scuffle at Elland Road, it looks as though they may well just have to prepare for a fine.

“They will expect financial punishment,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Both clubs when charged with failing to control their players, very rarely do they get off, I can’t remember one where they got off. The football authorities see it as damaging the image of the game.”

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Jesse Marsch admitted after the game that he loved seeing his players rush in to stick up for Cody Drameh after the grapple with Liam Kitching, but others will see that differently.

There was nothing over the line about the scuffle, but the FA never allow it to happen and that is why the charge has already been sent through.

Marsch and the Whites will just be concentrating on the Everton showdown in the Premier League on Tuesday [30 August], with this not needing much deliberation.

Time to pay the likely fine and move on.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle