By Mark Smith

6th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Keith Hackett: Stuart Attwell could easily have avoided Luis Sinisterra red card and Leeds United ban

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 Stuart Attwell could easily have avoided handing a red card to Leeds United star Luis Sinisterra against Aston Villa this week.

The Colombian international was shown his second yellow card for blocking a quick free-kick, and will now miss the trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday (09 October).

Ex-FIFA referee, Hackett, admitted that Attwell needed to be more proactive by blowing to make sure the ball was in the right place, as well as the defending players were far enough away – both of which weren’t.

“First of all, there are no complaints – this is a red card, it’s a second yellow card offence,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“In law, the referee is spot on. What advice would I give to this referee? I believe that had he been more proactive, i.e – he’s awarded the free-kick, he moves him and he ensures that a player in proximity moves away, that second yellow card could have been avoided with better refereeing and better management of the player.

“You’ve got to be proactive, in the view of what next? He’s taken action as that is all he can do, but in refereeing elite games, you need to understand the players and I would have blown as the ball is not in the right place, the players are not 9.15 yards away, it’s part of the restart process that he needs to review.

“He’s in jail because I don’t think he thought quick enough.”

Interestingly, it won’t only be Sinisterra missing Premier League action this weekend.

Attwell has been given a week off from the big time after his horror show at Elland Road, showing that those above him understand that he needs to be taken out of the spotlight.

That isn’t good enough, and the Premier League will only continue to get worst if this is the level of officiating on show – it’s time to take responsibility.

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