By Mark Smith

6th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Keith Hackett shares insight into pre-season meeting as Jesse Marsch frustration boils over with Leeds United

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 shared that Jesse Marsch will have been spoken to by the PGMOL in pre-season to go over the application of the law and how VAR will improve in the Premier League.

The American’s frustrations boiled over after Leeds lost at Brentford over the weekend, complaining that those things have not been applied whatsoever so far this season.

The ex-FIFA referee admitted that a big error was made by not handing the Whites a penalty when Crysencio Summerville was dragged down, although VAR is said to have left down the officials.

“Ultimately, he will have to learn to control his passion,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I understand fully the frustration, and he has channels that he has to use, 30 minutes after the game he can enquire. The referee is not going to change his decisions due to his antics, what he has to do is have a deep breath, but being realistic, he has cause for complaint.

“He has to try and bring in self-control, the frustration may be that what he is being told at the start of the season, isn’t happening. I do know that those pre-season meetings do take place, and in that, they will talk about the application of the law and how VAR is going to improve, but this was an error by both.

“I think the referee has been left down by VAR here.”


The referee let himself down before VAR could do so.

Robert Jones was in the perfect position to give the penalty, yet he missed it, so that is his fault, forget VAR for a moment, it is just another example of incompetence.

The technology is a big part of the problem, but the officials also need to take a long, hard look at themselves because they are nowhere near good enough for the Premier League.

It needs to change.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement