By Mark Smith

24th Aug, 2021 | 2:45pm

Keith Hackett: Liam Cooper should not have been given red card v Everton

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 skipper Liam Cooper should not have been sent off against Everton.

VAR handed the Toffees a penalty at Elland Road after Cooper was deemed to drag Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the floor.

Despite being the last man, Hackett believes that a yellow card was the right decision by Darren England.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Hackett insisted that it was the right decision not to hand Cooper his marching orders.

“It’s simple,” he said.

“You might have a case, but the referee makes the decision and I thought his call was correct. I think Darren England was in a good position.

“I’m more on the denial, I’m not going to give a red for it, but I’d certainly caution him.”

Lucky?

Cooper was the last man, and he did nearly rip the shirt off the back of Calvert-Lewin’s back, but that was certainly reciprocated.

There was an argument made at the time by the skipper, but he couldn’t have made it more clearer that he was dragging his shirt.

We have to be smarter with VAR in the Premier League, and Cooper has been one of those who has been consistently found out over the past year.

Many have called for him to be dropped, and it would be nice to see both Diego Llorente and Robin Koch starting together.

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