By Nick Ware

4th Oct, 2021 | 2:10pm

Keith Hackett: Officials could be axed for a month after Leeds United v Watford controversy

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 referee Keith Hackett suggests the officials in Watford’s loss to Leeds United could be set for prolonged absences.

Leeds stung the Hornets at Elland Road on Saturday with a Diego Llorente goal proving to be the winner in a 1-0 win.

However, controversy ensued after Christian Kabasele’s disallowed goal.

Illan Meslier dropped a cross to allow the Belgian to prod home and seemingly level the scores.

However, the 30-year-old was denied as he was deemed to have fouled Whites captain Liam Cooper, even though replays suggest it may have been the other way around.

Hackett believes the Professional Game Match Officials Board [PGMOL] may intervene to serve a reminder that the decision was wrong.

“There was nothing wrong,” Hackett told MOT Leeds News.

“There was no offence committed by a Watford player. The Leeds player [Cooper] committed the offence. This was a goal.

“Both of them, for me, are going to sit on their hands for a month.

“Both the referee and VAR require some operational advice and until the management at PGMOL are satisfied that they can apply that operational advice, [they can] sit on their hands.”

In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit has called for a lifetime ban after this Whites player incident.