By Nick Ware

29th Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Keith Hackett shares Liam Cooper penalty verdict after Leeds United draw at Brighton

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 is adamant that Brighton did not deserve a penalty during the 0-0 draw with Leeds United at AMEX Stadium.

The Whites claimed a vital point on Saturday as they held the Seagulls on the south-coast.

However, there were cries from the home side that they deserved a first-half penalty after the ball apparently struck Leeds captain Liam Cooper on the arm as he attempted to hook it away from danger.

Their appeals were waved away and the referee was not even asked to take a second look, a decision former Premier League referee Hackett believes was correct.

“The one thing here is that Craig Pawson is in a good position, he gets a clear view of it,” Hackett told MOT Leeds News.

“I don’t see the defender making his body shape bigger, I think what he’s trying to do is clear the ball, so I think generally Pawson got that one right.”

Right call

It would have been harsh in the extreme to penalise Cooper for any handball that may have occurred.

There were no Brighton players around him and he made a clear attempt to clear the ball before eventually smashing it away.

If it did make any sort of connection, it was purely accidental and not something that should result in a penalty.

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