By Mark Smith

22nd Aug, 2022 | 11:40am

Keith Hackett surprised by Stuart Attwell decision in Leeds United win v Chelsea

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 he was surprised to see Stuart Attwell hand Leeds United the free-kick which led to the second goal against Chelsea.

The ex-FIFA referee labelled the decision as “soft” as Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have pulled Marc Roca down on the edge of the box before Rodrigo headed home.

Hackett admitted that Roca made a lot of it with his fall, but a yellow was not a surprise after that as Sterling may have made too many previously at Elland Road.

“There is no doubt that the player made a lot of it,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“It comes under the banner of a careless challenge, and Attwell has seen that as stopping a promising attack. It may be a culmination of a lot of fouls that player has committed, it could be for persistent fouls. I think on reflection, it was rather soft.

“A referee who has allowed the game to flow, I’m surprised he gave that one.”


It all comes from winning the first ball, and Roca did that all afternoon.

As soon as he steps ahead of Sterling and goes down, he is always going to get the freekick whether minimal or a lot of contact, that always happens.

VAR cannot step in either on a free-kick, or a booking so both simply had to stand.

The rest is history as Jack Harrison curled it onto the head of Rodrigo who did the rest, there can be no complaints about anything that happened at Elland Road yesterday.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle