By Mark Smith

10th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett: Leeds United need 'clear the air' talks with PGMOL and Premier League referees as yellow card record set

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 mooted Leeds United to hold “clear the air” talks with the PGMOL and Premier League referees in the near future.

The ex-FIFA referee urged the Whites to contact the likes of Mike Riley and invite him to Thorp Arch after they broke the record for most yellow cards in a Premier League season.

Leeds are on track to go above 100 bookings with three games left to go in the Premier League season, although Jesse Marsch was not left concerned about it.

“On the doorstep of Leeds United sit Mike Riley, Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“If I was Leeds United, I would be contacting the PGMOL and saying can these guys come in, it may not be the right time. I think there needs to be clear the air talks between representatives of the referees and the players and manager.

“I think a lot is born of frustration, perhaps a lack of communication or what they consider to be unfair.”

What’s the point?

Marsch didn’t appear too concerned by the development in his press conference on Tuesday, so it looks as though it is business as usual for the Whites after already breaking the record.

Ayling was the latest to fall foul of a card, and he could have no complaints after his shocking challenge at Arsenal, neither could Raphinha who was booked for his reaction.

Hackett knows that the likes of Moss, Riley and Atkinson are close to Leeds geographically, so it may not be a bad choice to bring them into Thorp Arch.

Although, it would mean nothing if the Whites were to be relegated in to the Championship, with a completely different set of officials in that division.

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