By Mark Smith

17th Jan, 2022 | 10:45am

Keith Hackett reacts to disallowed Leeds United goal in win v West Ham

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 it was the correct decision to disallow Mateusz Klich’s goal for Leeds United in their 3-2 win v West Ham.

The ex-Premier League referee heaped praise on Mike Dean and his officials for how they handled the clash at the London Stadium.

Hackett shared that Lukasz Fabianski rushing out of his goal made the positioning of the defender irrelevant as the ball brushed Rodrigo in the way into the goal.

“What a lot of people fail to recognise is the goalkeeper has come out towards the edge of his goal area,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Everyone thinks, if there’s a defender there he’s automatically onside, but there are two players. He was offside so it was the correct decision.

“I thought it was a really good game. I thought it was well officiated.”


Watching on at the London Stadium, many believed it was Dean consistently trying to be the centre of attention.

Making the wrong decisions consistently along with his incompetent linesmen, not many calls were right in the end.

The disallowed goal was offside if it brushed Rodrigo, but where was that decision when Jarrod Bowen clearly interfered in the FA Cup last week?

Thankfully, it didn’t change the game in the end and the Whites travelled back to West Yorkshire with another vital three points.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are in the ‘advanced’ stages of any January signings