By Mark Smith

5th Sep, 2022 | 10:55am

Keith Hackett: 'Schoolboy' error to not give Leeds United penalty v Brentford

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 “schoolboy” officiating not to hand Leeds United a clear penalty in their 5-2 defeat against Brentford on Saturday.

The ex-FIFA referee could not believe that VAR didn’t intervene, the same way it had done earlier in the game to hand the home side a spot-kick.

Crysencio Summerville was fouled not once, but multiple times by Aaron Hickey working his way into the box, yet it lead to nothing from the officials or the technology.

“There’s a foul outside the box, so that starts it,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Then, he goes into the box and he is brought down – it’s a schoolboy decision. It’s a penalty kick and I thought that the referee was actually well positioned and he has said no.

“So, there is a clear and obvious error by the referee and no VAR intervention, why? The law is quite clear if you go in the box being fouled, it’s a penalty kick. Nothing from the VAR, the defender knows exactly what he is doing.

“I think it’s terrible.”

After all of this, the only decision that was made was to send Jesse Marsch off.

In a weekend where VAR and officials making the wrong decisions dominated yet again, this wasn’t even the worst call on show in the Premier League.

It shows the incompetence of officials, and something will soon need to change before it explodes and leaves the officials red-faced, as they continue to get the simple decisions so badly wrong.

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