By Mark Smith

8th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

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 should have been awarded a clear penalty in their 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

The ex-FIFA referee admitted that Jose Sa was guilty of a “reckless” challenge when he went flying through Rasmus Kristensen, who had already headed the ball back across goal.

The officials gave nothing in the end, with VAR also not intervening despite the Danish defender requiring treatment on the field for minutes.

“This is a clear penalty kick,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“The goalkeeper can use his hands, but I genuinely think what he has done is reckless. He’s got a duty of care towards his opponent so for me, this is a penalty kick and a yellow card. I don’t have any doubts about it, I’ve looked at it on several occasions, he’s gone for the ball but he’s just clattered into the player.

“He’s guilty of a reckless challenge.”


We still can’t quite get our heads around this one.

Sa wasn’t even close to getting the ball, with Kristensen strong and commanding at the back post to head it back into the danger area before simply being taken out.

VAR also proved to be worthless again, with no intervention meaning they deemed the incident not a serious error by the officials out on the pitch.

It did nothing to affect the result in the end, thankfully, but Jesse Marsch would rightly have had some major questions to ask if that wasn’t the case.

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