By Mark Smith

8th Nov, 2021 | 6:10pm

Keith Hackett shares verdict on potential Daniel Amartey handball v 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 insisted that Leeds United didn’t deserve a penalty for a potential handball by Daniel Amartey in the 1-1 draw against Leicester.

Elland Road went wild in the final moments as a long ball was brought down by Tyler Roberts, only for the Ghanaian to clear it.

It looked as though it hit Amartey’s hand in the area, but those calls were waved away – something Hackett believes would have been harsh.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Hackett said, “I saw that.

“I think it would have been very harsh because he couldn’t do anything about it. Not for me, I wasn’t going to give it.”


The atmosphere at Elland Road was simply electric once again yesterday.

Sitting in the stands, you could feel the desperation in every single voice around the ground calling for that penalty at the very last moment.

Looking at Roberts’ reaction to the incident, it painted a very telling story after all of the appeals went up.

The Welsh international didn’t join in with the calls, and instead looked to carry on with the game – a big sign it wasn’t a handball.

It would have been incredible if another penalty was given at the death as it was against Wolves, imagine the scenes if those three points were secured.

Leeds deserved the win, and hopefully, this can go down as a good point as the season ticks on in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards