Marcelo Bielsa hailed for reaction to Leeds United controversy in FA Cup loss v West Ham
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Marcelo Bielsa was “extremely diplomatic” in his reaction to the controversy that marred Leeds United versus West Ham on Sunday.
Manuel Lanzini’s goal was closely reviewed by VAR and despite Jarrod Bowen obviously being in an offside position before interfering with the play, the opening goal of the FA Cup clash was allowed to stand and West Ham went on to win 2-0 at the London Stadium.
After the match, Bielsa was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying he accepts the decision to award the goal as he feels managers should always respect the referees.
However, Robinson says that most managers would not have reacted in the way that Bielsa did to the controversy with the former goalkeeper clearly baffled by the decision to let Lanzini’s goal stand.
“I’ve no idea what the referee saw or the linesman. It’s not just one referee, it’s two referees and a linesman,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“I’m looking at it from the view of a Leeds fan but I don’t know how that decision was given.
“It was a clear offside, I don’t see any viable reason for it to be given so we’ll have to watch Dermot Gallagher’s Ref Watch on Tuesday morning to see what he says.
“If you’re interfering with play then you’re clearly offside.
“Bielsa, I thought, was extremely diplomatic afterwards in what he said.
“From his comments, I think he accepted the decision graciously, which a lot of managers would not have done.
“I just can’t understand why they came to the decision for the goal to be allowed to stand.”
Bielsa has now lost all four of his FA Cup matches in charge of Leeds, overseeing third-round exits to QPR, Arsenal, Crawley and now West Ham.
In other Leeds United news, this senior ace is reportedly on his way out of Elland Road despite Bielsa’s wishes.